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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

Walk for Water | Thank You Charleston

Girls carry buckets of water in Water Mission's Walk for Water.
Girls carry buckets of water in Water Mission's Walk for Water.

On Saturday, March 17, more than 4,000 people gathered at Riverfront Park in North Charleston to walk in solidarity with the 2.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to safe water. Participants walked from the park to Water Mission’s global headquarters and back again. With buckets in hand, they stopped midway to collect dirty water. Read More

A New Life | Refuge in Uganda

When war came to Dada Angelo’s community in South Sudan, he and his family were forced to flee. After being separated from his wife and children in the chaos of leaving home, Dada Angelo urgently searched for them upon arriving at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Two months later, while driving through the settlement, he came to a sudden stop. There before him was his wife. “When I was separated from her, I could not rest. I was supposed to be taking care of her. When I finally saw her, I rushed to her and felt so good.” – Dada Angelo Reunited ... Read More

Puerto Rico | Powerful Solutions

Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.
Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.

Since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, the people of Puerto Rico have been working diligently to recover. In San Juan, it is hard to tell a hurricane even hit the island. Yet all it takes is a harrowing two-hour drive into the countryside to realize that everything is not back to normal. Water Mission mobilized shortly after the storm hit, and initial assessments uncovered a unique need. With electricity knocked out for most of the island, there were hundreds of rural communities with intact water systems that were inoperable because there was no power available. Power is a part of ... Read More