Caring for Those in Crisis
The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine was in the news for most of 2022—and our teams were there, serving those in need. We deployed within days of Russia’s invasion and have been working to meet needs ever since, adjusting to the ever-changing situation.
Showing God’s Love
When Russia invaded Ukraine, millions of women and children fled the country, seeking safety elsewhere in the region. Water Mission sent teams to border crossings in Poland, Romania, and Moldova to evaluate urgent needs and collaborate with other first responders on how best to serve.
We built partnerships with local churches and civic groups at the border and within Ukraine to help meet people’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. We also printed and distributed Bibles and trauma healing resources in Ukrainian. Local church partners have shared stories of people who gave their lives to Christ after witnessing how Christians were serving in His name.
Boxes of Hope
When vital water services are interrupted, it can be hard for families to stay healthy. Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies are critical during any crisis. As such, part of our response in Ukraine included creating and distributing hygiene kits to refugees and those displaced inside Ukraine.
We have worked with partners to distribute more than 10,000 hygiene kits. The sanitary supplies, toilet paper, toothbrushes, and soap in the kits help make life easier for Ukrainian women and children.
Safe Water Inside Ukraine
As of December 2022, Water Mission has installed more than 40 emergency safe water systems in Ukraine and produced more than 5 million gallons (20 million liters) of safe water. Our teams have also provided engineering expertise to municipal water employees.
Many Ukrainian cities have suffered immense damage to public water and power infrastructure. Water Mission will continue expanding our response by working collaboratively with city and regional governments, local churches, and our caring partners to address people’s most critical safe water needs.
We are deeply grateful for your partnership. Your support equips us to respond immediately, build long-term resilience, and share the hope of God’s love with people in their darkest hour.
Readiness and Recovery
In every disaster response, Water Mission seeks to provide solutions that meet both the immediate and long-term needs of the people who have been impacted.
- Readiness: We stand ready with trained staff and emergency equipment to respond when needs arise, including simultaneous disasters in different locations.
- Relief: We analyze water quality and community needs, ensuring safe water access immediately after emergencies.
- Recovery: We stabilize solutions to provide for communities’ longer-term needs.
- Resiliency: We often remain in disaster-affected communities as they rebuild, working to create sustainable systems that prepare them for the future.