First Monday Journal
First Monday is a quarterly network journal whose mission is to inform, inspire and unite the global offices and staff of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
This journal also serves as an educational tool for people outside of ADRA seeking to deepen their understanding of relief and development work.
The Transforming Power of Water
The village of Pak Nam Lak is nestled in the northern mountains of Laos, just 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the Chinese border. Like many villages, Pak Nam Lak had no sanitation or clean water. But thanks to ADRA, these villagers have discovered the transforming power of clean water and are looking forward to a brighter future.
Once a small community of 10 families, the village grew rapidly during the past decade. Soon more than 85 families called Pak Nam Lak home, and waterborne diseases became very common. Village chief Khamsone remembers what life was like back then.
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