What is SWIM? Here’s a Great Explanation!
Per the Abundant Life Ministries in Malawi, here is a great explanation of what SWIM is and what it does.
“There is a saying that says, ‘Word is Life,’ but this saying is incomplete because only safe and clean water is life. Many communities drink unsafe water in most villages, leaving them sick with waterborne diseases. Some even lose their lives.
As a ministry, with support from Safe Water International Ministries (SWIM), we train communities how to make their own chlorine using a simple device called a CPU (chlorine producing unit) while we preach to them the Love of Christ who is the Living Water.
In addition to the CPU, communities are provided with a solar panel and battery which are the key components in making the chlorine with table salt added to the water.”
When you support SWIM you are making an incredible impact that is helping to create positive change, hope, and better health.
Clean Water and Living Water
At the Abundant Life Ministries in Malawi, during their community health evangelism, chlorine was distributed to people so they could purify their water, enabling them to wash their hands with clean water. The best part was the Good News was shared, the sick were prayed for, and some families who needed it received one-on-one counseling.
Making a Difference with Clean Water
As Moses from the Abundant Life Ministries noted, “Water is life, but only if it’s clean and safe water.” One village in Malawi has been experiencing positive results from having chlorine added to their water by using the chlorine producing unit (CPU). He reported that the water is being purified and people are using the clean water to wash their hands and bathe in, which is resulting in people feeling better!
Many Miles Walked = Huge Reduction of Waterborne Diseases
At the Abundant Life Ministries in Malawi, the Water Purification Coordinator’s name is Trust. He makes chlorine at the center and then walks miles and miles into communities to distribute the chlorine and educate people on the usage, hygiene, community development, and program ownership.
Because of his willingness to do this, people are drinking safe and clean water, disinfecting their homes, and there has been a huge reduction of waterborne diseases!
“Thank you SWIM for the knowledge, equipment, and financial support!”
Girls Getting It Done!
A group of girls in Malawi got together and made chlorine to distribute around the villages so that people could disinfect their hands and water during this hard and difficult time of COVID-19.
Pumping By Hand at an Outdoor Pump
For most homes in the United States, getting a drink of water is as simple as turning on a faucet which is indoors. In Malawi, pumping by hand at an outdoor well is required.
Since safe, clean water is not readily available, SWIM teams have been distributing chlorine producing units (CPUs) to community members so they can purify the water, wash their hands, and disinfect their households.