Every 15 Seconds a Child Dies From Water-Related Diseases

We cannot live without water. It cleanses and nourishes our bodies. Every living creature needs water to survive.

In Matthew 10:42 (NIV) Jesus recognizes how precious and life-giving water is:

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Today, thousands of little ones around the world are severely ill and many will die due to the lack of safe drinking water. But that doesn’t have to continue.

You can also view this video, Water of Life, on YouTube.

Our Water of Life filtration system will provide at least one million gallons of clean drinking water — more than enough to last the lifetime of a child. This new filtration system is simple for anyone to use and can be set up in under five minutes.

graphic stating average person drinks 14,600 gallons of water in lifetime

How Does the Water of Life Filter Provide Safe Drinking Water?

A Water of Life filter is based on the same technology developed for kidney dialysis.

Each filter is made up of tiny microtubes with pores hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. These pores remove deadly bacteria and allow only clean water to pass through for drinking. The Water of Life system effectively eliminates parasites and bacterial contaminants that cause cholera, typhoid, E. coli, amoebic dysentery and many other devastating diseases.

water filter with diagram of interior

Dirty water from sources such as lakes, rivers, ponds or puddles is poured into the system’s bucket. As the water flows through the filter, it comes out completely safe to drink.

When the flow rate begins to slow after multiple uses, the user simply disconnects the primary filter unit and rinses it with clear water. Depending on the level of contaminants in the dirty water, some systems may require more-frequent rinsing. Unlike typical water filters, the Water of Life filter will remain highly effective over time while purifying at least one million gallons.

One of the greatest gifts you can give to a child is safe, healthy drinking water. Will you give a child a “cup of cold water”?

12 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Micayla April 11, 2013

    Can one filter guaranty a child pure water for the rest of their lives? Or does it have to be replaced?

    1. Shaina Moats April 15, 2013

      Hey Micayla! It will last an entire lifetime. Here’s more information on the technology: http://sawyer.com/tech-water.html

  2. chris goins March 22, 2013

    Is this right. One filter can filter one million gallons?????

    1. Jacquie Parella March 22, 2013

      It is true Chris! Here’s more info: https://water.compassion.com/how-it-works 🙂

  3. Etienne Muhoza Mugema February 7, 2012

    Looking at what God is doing in Compassion , we only have to be humble and thank Him . Water filters in Rwanda are having a great impact in the lives of beneficiaries. Certainly, this will produce positive outcomes .
    Glory to God.

  4. Dave Forsythe August 1, 2011

    Blessing to all of you. The filter proposal is truly a great thing and certainly will help those in God’s creation live a life He meant for us all. May I ask if it is possible to designate the filter to our Compassion sponsored child and family?

  5. Cheryl Jones July 8, 2011

    I am afraid I do not see where the answers to my questions are. Do you mean in the article or video clip? The reason I asked those questions is that I did not see any of the answers there. Can you be more specific in the answers to the filter cost; where Compassion is sending them (specific countries) and which fund the donations are going through?

    1. Jacquie Parella July 8, 2011

      Hi Cheryl! It costs $55 to provide one filter to a family. Contributions of any amount can be made to the fund.

      You can donate via the Water of Life fund here: https://www.compassion.com/water-of-life.htm?referer=120667

      And, you can see where we’ve sent water filters to here:


      Let us know if you have further questions.

  6. Ingrid July 7, 2011

    @Cheryl… click on the link above and you’ll find answers to your questions, and more…


  7. Cheryl Jones July 5, 2011

    How much do the filters cost? Which fund do you donate through? Where is Compassion sending them?

  8. Darren Terpstra July 5, 2011

    You guys are awesome. This is an encouraging word from someone who knows how hard you all work for these kids. Thanks

  9. Mike Stephens July 5, 2011

    yay Amy! I got to see one of the filters used in Indonesia and got to drink the newly cleaned water! I was amazed as well how a $55 filter could make such a huge difference for an entire lifetime.

    I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

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