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Partnering for Major Impact in Haiti

Scott Linebrink and the team in Haiti
Scott Linebrink and the team in Haiti

One of my favorite parts about working with Water Mission is having the opportunity to visit communities we serve around the world that are full of vibrant culture, welcoming families, and inspirational resilience. On top of that, I get to connect with incredible, generous partners, and I even have the chance to travel with them to see the safe water projects their partnerships have made possible. Earlier this month, I traveled to Haiti with a few representatives from Big League Impact — a foundation committed to restoring hope and saving lives in the U.S. and globally. The organization and several ... Read More

Remembering the Haiti Earthquake: Resilience and Resolve Nine Years Later

Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake
Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake

January 12 will mark nine years since Haiti suffered the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated the country. At the time, our in-country Water Mission team included just five people. When the earthquake struck, four of our staff members were driving through the mountains back to Port-au-Prince — Haiti’s capital and largest city — after visiting communities in southern Haiti. “I was driving, and then I felt the car shaking,” Aristil Frenel, our staff driver at the time, told us. “I thought it was a flat tire because we didn’t realize we were in an earthquake.” One of countless roads destroyed by the earthquake. The ... Read More

Our 2018 Impact on the Global Water Crisis

Celebrating safe water in Tanzania
Celebrating safe water in Tanzania

If you prayed, volunteered your time, gave a gift, or supported Water Mission in other ways throughout the past year, then you helped us serve more than 400,000 people with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in 2018. Together, we completed safe water projects in 150 communities and 13 countries. We provided desperately needed safe water to survivors of natural disasters; traveled to rural, isolated villages around the world to install sustainable safe water and sanitation systems; and helped refugees fleeing violence and persecution to start a new life. We are so grateful for God’s blessings and your support this year. Before ... Read More

A Bridge to Peace

Mkinga, Tanzania
Mkinga, Tanzania

When water is scarce, it can become just one more reason for neighbors to fight. In Mkinga, Tanzania, the lack of water simply escalated existing tensions between neighbors of different faiths, and it was common for arguments to break out. But now that safe water flows freely from Water Mission tap stands throughout the community, neighbors are coming together in peace and unity. They have friendly conversations as they collect the day’s water, not conflict. “The best part is that this village no longer argues over water,” 30-year-old Rachel Poul told us. “The tap has brought a certain unity to us.” The tangible gift ... Read More

Safe Water Through a Child’s Eyes: Magdelena’s Story

Magdelena Poul
Magdelena Poul

“It was a torture-like feeling.” That’s how 11-year-old Magdelena Poul described her long, terrifying trek to collect water for her family in rural Mkinga, Tanzania. Sometimes they could afford to purchase the day’s water from a water truck. But the rest of the time, it was up to Magdelena or her mother, Rachel, to walk anywhere from two to eight miles to gather the water. “It was scary to be out alone,” Magdelena said. “We used to walk two or three kilometers each way to get water, and sometimes that source was dry, so we had to keep going another two or three ... Read More

The High Cost of Dirty Water: Rachel’s Story

Rachel draws safe water from Mkinga's tap
Rachel draws safe water from Mkinga's tap

Water is a basic human need. But for 30-year-old Rachel Poul, it was an expensive one. In the rural community of Mkinga, Tanzania, Rachel had just two options to get water for her family: She could walk at least two miles to collect water that was obviously dirty and then boil it at home, or she could buy pricey water from a water truck. She tried both. But even when she bought the water, with hopes of protecting her family from miserable waterborne diseases, they still got sick. The expensive water was clear — but contaminated. So, Rachel combined her options. She bought ... Read More