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Cyclone Idai: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help

Devastating flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai
Devastating flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai

In early March, southeast Africa suffered severe rainfall from the Idai storm system, which killed more than 100 people and led to serious damage to infrastructure and crops — a devastating loss just before harvest season. Idai strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm in the following days and made landfall on March 14 in Mozambique before striking both Malawi and Zimbabwe. Tragically, at least 350 people have died and more than 2.6 million have been affected by the cyclone across all three countries. The United Nations has already reported that Idai may be one of the most ... Read More

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Female Change-Makers

Women in Malawi
Women in Malawi

Eleven-year-old Magdelena used to sacrifice school days to spend hours collecting water for her family in Mkinga, Tanzania. Magdelena (left) loves school more than anything but used to sacrifice class time to collect dirty water. Hortencia, a single mother of six, worked tirelessly to provide for her family in El Encanto, Mexico — but nothing she did could keep her children safe from waterborne illnesses. Hortencia and her family Their stories are the tragic reality of women and girls all over the world, who are disproportionally affected by the global water crisis. Women bear the primary responsibility for collecting water, cooking, ... Read More

Julio’s Freedom to Dream

Nina Rumi, Peru
Nina Rumi, Peru

When Julio Zamora dreams of the future, he imagines a world of opportunity for his family and community. It’s a world where his three daughters can attend college and pursue careers, and where his rural village of Nina Rumi, Peru, can grow and become “more beautiful than it already is.” One of Julio’s three daughters Thanks to friends like you, those dreams are one step closer to being realized. Two years ago, Water Mission installed a safe water treatment solution for the 1,000 residents of Nina Rumi. We worked closely with Julio, the pastor of a local church, to support and engage the ... Read More

Empowering Refugees Through Partnerships

Safe water for Bidi Bidi refugee settlement
Safe water for Bidi Bidi refugee settlement

When tens of thousands of people fled violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013, Water Mission began implementing its first safe water projects serving refugee populations in neighboring Uganda. In partnership with UNICEF, we provided safe drinking water through solar-powered water treatment systems and piped distribution networks in Uganda’s refugee settlements. Safe water in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement (2017) Two years later, civil war in South Sudan drove an influx of refugees to Uganda. Water Mission and UNICEF responded immediately to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees. It is the responsibility of the ... Read More

Rebuilding Palu: Update on Our Disaster Relief in Indonesia

Safe water in Sulawesi, Indonesia
Safe water in Sulawesi, Indonesia

The recovery of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has slipped out of the news in the last few months. After all, the hard work of grieving loss and piecing life back together doesn’t make many headlines. But that work goes on, even if it doesn’t capture international attention. More than two million people in Indonesia were personally affected by the twin tragedies that struck near the city of Palu on September 28, losing loved ones, houses, schools, and jobs to the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and resulting tsunami. https://watermission.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/damage-video.mp4 Thanks to you, they don’t have to rebuild alone. Water Mission began mobilizing within hours of ... Read More

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