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Focusing on the Forgotten

Sean McSwain (Project Manager) prays with the team before a day of disaster relief.
Sean McSwain (Project Manager) prays with the team before a day of disaster relief.

When Water Mission Project Manager Sean McSwain sat down to explain his upcoming trip to Puerto Rico to his two young children, he was prepared with pictures of the damage Hurricane Maria inflicted on the island. “Imagine not being able to go and get water to drink. Imagine not being able to take a bath or watch TV for months at a time,” he said. Not being able to watch TV caught their attention – their eyes opened wider. “Our goal is to go and try to provide clean water,” Sean continued. “We make sure that kids like you don’t have ... Read More

Safe Water and the Gift of Peace

Felis bathes her youngest granddaughter with safe water.
Felis bathes her youngest granddaughter with safe water.

In rural northeastern Honduras, Felis Marina Lanza now wakes up each morning with one less thing to worry about. In her community of Barrio Bella Vista, the presence of safe water has brought peace to the families that call it home. A mother of three grown children and caretaker of two young grandchildren, Felis works hard to provide for her family by doing laundry for others in the community, earning a meager two dollars per day ­– just enough to sustain her growing family. Read More

Faith Can Move Mountains

Huta Ginjang is a small Christian community located on a mountaintop near Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. For the 2,100 people living there, collecting water involves walking down a steep mountainside to fetch dirty water from an unprotected spring and then returning home with heavy buckets. For many years, the people have prayed that one day safe water would be more accessible and that they would be relieved of this daily burden. Read More

Dina’s Dream: The Power of Safe Water

Dina can attend school now thanks to safe water.
Dina can attend school now thanks to safe water.

Dina Damiton is a young teen whose life has been transformed. As a 13-year-old student at Mchenga School in southern Malawi, Dina has many dreams. She loves learning and hopes that one day she might become a teacher. For Dina and others in her community, the beginning of school is always an exciting and nerve-wracking time. School is important to the children in Mchenga because it is often the only way for them to create a brighter future. Read More

Peru Neighbors Serve Each Other During El Niño Flooding

People carry their belongings on their heads after intense flooding in Peru.
People carry their belongings on their heads after intense flooding in Peru.

In March 2017, storms created by the effects of El Niño dumped 43 inches of rain on Peru. The coastal department of Piura, home to several Water Mission community projects, was the second most impacted area with more than 400,000 homes destroyed by flooding. Water Mission’s safe water project in Loma Negra, a community in Piura, was commissioned in September 2016 and provides nearly 2,600 people with access to safe water. Like all Water Mission community development projects, the people in Loma Negra had established a Safe Water Committee (SWC) to oversee the system’s operation and finances, and support ongoing hygiene ... Read More

The Power of Water: A Father’s Story

Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.
Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.

Segundo Morcera and his family live in Nueva Reforma, Peru, a small village burrowed along the banks of the Yarina ravine, an offshoot of the Tapiche River. As a farmer, Segundo provides for his wife and four young children. Water is essential to his livelihood. Without sufficient rainwater, Segundo’s livestock and crops would deteriorate, and he would lose money needed to care for his family. Each day, he is up before dawn working his crops, trying to make ends meet. Read More