Tragically, an estimated 4.7 million people in Asia were living with HIV in 2008. Around 330,000 died from AIDS-related illnesses that year, with the same number newly infected. Countless other health issues from maternity deaths to physical disabilities also affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. Samaritan’s Purse is caring for the ill and promoting disease prevention through local grassroots organisations and churches. Our experience shows that locals know where the greatest needs are and by equipping them to offer the right health programs and facilities, sustainable change is possible!
Education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. However, many children in poor countries do not get access to schooling. The educational projects of Samaritan’s Purse help communities build schools, train teachers and purchase supplies. Educating children builds hope and gives a reason to believe that there can be a different tomorrow.
Samaritan’s Purse provides Bible-based training for emerging leaders to increase their ability to address problems and create self-sustainable communities. This enables these leaders to run grassroots projects that share God’s love in practical ways such as health and nutrition, education, small business and housing.
One child dies every 20 seconds from diseases related to drinking dirty water. Samaritan’s Purse is committed to improve quality and access to water by providing wells, rainwater harvesting solutions, BioSand Water Filters, health and hygiene programs and training.
Many innocent children are caught in poverty and hostile environments, trying to survive while constantly at risk of being exploited. Samaritan’s Purse is there to offer compassion, assistance and protection. Operation Christmas Child is often the first step in bringing help and hope to a child in need. Our local churches and partners find these innocent victims and provide long-term assistance such as aid, health care, housing, clean water, sanitation and education.