In 2019, your support made an impact on more than 700,000 people around the world. Last year, the world faced an unprecedented refugee crisis comprised of 70 million people. We also saw natural disasters cause severe damage. The regions where we have country programs found themselves in overwhelming political conflict and ensuing food and fuel shortages.
By God’s grace, despite these crises, the lives of men, women, and children around the world were changed for the better—because of you: individuals, organizations, churches, and corporations who’ve come alongside Water Mission in ending the global water crisis.
This past year, you helped us serve in under-resourced rural communities, refugee settings, and disaster areas. Through your partnership, we provided safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions to more than 700,000 people in places stricken with drought, devastated by floods and hurricanes, caught in political turmoil, or absorbing an influx of people fleeing from violence, famine, and war.
While we have been serving in such settings for nearly two decades, this past year truly exemplified how our partnerships are crucial in bringing effective, comprehensive, and lasting change. Through the constant support of our individual, corporate, ministry, and field partners in 2019, we:
- Monitored water flow in real-time through our remote monitoring systems, supporting continuous service. By honing our remote monitoring capabilities, we tracked project functionality and maximized uptime—a standard metric that measures the amount of time a system is performing its intended function. By remotely measuring system performance, we have the ability to make data-driven decisions that allow us to strategically deploy staff and resources driving higher levels of efficiency and stewardship.
- Equipped and prepared our in-country offices and staff with best-in-class technology, training, and supplies, building their capacity to serve and allowing them to swiftly respond to natural disasters in their locales and in neighboring countries.
- Empowered local leaders and their community members with financial sustainability tools and knowledge on healthy hygiene practices that will empower them to help lift their communities out of chronic illness and poverty.
- Joined UNICEF in standardizing and demonstrating best practices for solar pumping systems through the development of an online training course within the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector. Though initially designed for 100 participants, more than 800 people from more than 100 organizations expressed interest in the course, exhibiting that there lies a need for industry-wide standards and education, and organizations are striving to learn and improve their work so they may reach more people.
- Partnered with a host of global organizations, including the United Nation’s Refugee Agency, in vastly improving living conditions for thousands of displaced people. For example, in a single month alone, we had safe water running for the first time for a group of 95,000 refugees in Tanzania’s Nyarugusu refugee camp.
We believe that with our partners who faithfully bring their time, talents, treasures, and influence, we will bring safe water to thousands more around the world, now and for years to come.
Thank you for joining us in our mission of sharing clean, safe water and God’s love with all.