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A Mother’s Strength

Hortencia Perez and her children in El Encanto, Mexico
Hortencia Perez and her children in El Encanto, Mexico

  “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” — Proverbs 31:25 Mother’s Day is a time to honor women who lay down their lives every day for the benefit of others. Our moms serve and sacrifice — many times going unnoticed, many times setting aside their own hopes and dreams — for the benefit of their families. At Water Mission, we encounter strong women all over the world, working to provide the very best life they can for their children. Hortencia Perez, mother of six in El Encanto, Mexico, draws water for her family. Hortencia Perez is ... Read More

Church Partnerships: Sharing the Hope of the World

A church in Northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement
A church in Northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement

One of the most impactful things we have the honor to do at Water Mission is partner with churches around the world to provide safe water and the Gospel message to millions of people. The longer I work with churches, the more I believe that truly, the Church is the hope of the world. Bible study at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda Almost every time Water Mission installs a safe water treatment system, the local church plays a critical role in mobilizing the community. Frequently, it’s the local church that empowers people — often leading the charge to bring safe ... Read More

Sustainable Management and Finance of Rural Water Supplies

Tap stand in Malawi
Tap stand in Malawi

Poor functionality of rural water supplies is a known and critical crisis. It is estimated that almost 15 percent of rural waterpoints fail after just one year and 25 percent are non-functional by their fourth year in operation.[1] Although there are many root causes of this, they cumulatively manifest themselves in the form of inadequate financing for ongoing operation and maintenance. One method, which takes a social business approach to water service delivery, is becoming known as the “safe water enterprise” model. Under this approach, private water service providers deliver water to end users for a fee and utilize ... Read More

Light Shines in Darkness

Water Mission Uganda team
Water Mission Uganda team

Every year, the Water Mission Uganda team personally collects money, clothes, and food to share with those in need. When they deliver their gifts, they also share the love of Christ. Recently, the team visited Kirinya Prison in Jinja, Uganda. With more than 1,000 inmates in a building built for a few hundred,[1] the halls of Kirinya grow crowded and dark, making the hope of Christ difficult to see. Yet, God’s “light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). During the team’s visit, Human Resources Officer Lydia Nantumbwe led the prisoners in joyful songs of ... Read More

Set up for Success: Transitioning Project Ownership

Safe Water Committee in Uganda
Safe Water Committee in Uganda

For a safe water project, the transition from being managed by Water Mission to being managed by the recipient community is the last step of a successful implementation. With more than 2,400 projects now being overseen by local Safe Water Committees (SWCs), Water Mission has a lot of experience with transferring project responsibilities. At the same time, a commitment to excellence pushes the organization to constantly improve the process. One foundational belief that has shaped Water Mission’s implementation approach is that community investment and commitment to a project directly correlate to long-term sustainability. When community members embrace ownership, it indicates that ... Read More

Investing in Relationships: 2018 Indonesia Workshop

2018 Indonesia Workshop
2018 Indonesia Workshop

Water Mission routinely organizes learning workshops for staff to identify strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement across global programs. Purposefully calling these “workshops” rather than “trainings,” Water Mission aims to emphasize the importance of two-way conversation. Charleston staff members attend to share updates from headquarters, gain insights from the field, and facilitate conversations focused on best practices. In January, staff from Charleston and Indonesia gathered for an engineering and community development workshop. They presented updates on strategy, global standards, innovations in engineering, and community development processes. At a breakout session, the group discussed complex obstacles and potential solutions for a few specific ... Read More