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Building Up the Local Church in Mexico

At the end of 2018, Water Mission’s staff in Mexico connected with ASELSI, a nonprofit organization based in Guatemala. In partnership with Water Mission, ASELSI provides basic theology training to new believers in communities we are serving with safe water projects. Our relationship with ASELSI has created opportunities for spiritual growth within the communities we serve, and birthed hope for the deeper work we wish to accomplish. At Water Mission, we aim to build up the local church as it pursues the call to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel. Our vision spans wider than water: We are working toward ... Read More

A Second Disaster: Waterborne Illnesses Hit Cyclone-Ravaged Areas

Displacement camp in Malawi
Displacement camp in Malawi

Just a few weeks after Cyclone Idai fatally struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, Water Mission is diligently working on the ground to bring safe water to those at risk of experiencing a “second disaster,” or a post-cyclone outbreak of deadly waterborne diseases. The number of reported cholera cases is at 1,700 as of April 3, with health officials reporting at least 200 new cases each day in the Mozambican city of Beira alone. Flooding has contaminated many water sources. This damage, combined with poor sanitation and heavy water pollution, has created an environment suitable for cholera outbreaks. Bangula displacement camp in Malawi Craig ... Read More

A Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Going Above & Beyond in Haiti

Lafiteau, Haiti
Lafiteau, Haiti

The community of Lafiteau, Haiti, was not always an entrepreneurial success story. When Water Mission first commissioned a safe water project serving more than 7,000 people in Lafiteau four years ago, the group of community leaders who form the town’s safe water committee needed some time to figure things out. Transitioning the management of a newly implemented system to the safe water committee is an essential part of every project — but it doesn’t happen overnight. Safe water committee in Duclas, Haiti: a community a few hours down the coast from Lafiteau Our staff provides training on operations, financial management, and hygiene promotion ... Read More

Building Health and Community through Coffee

Terjun, Indonesia, safe water project
Terjun, Indonesia, safe water project

Safe water has transformed Alysyahbana’s life, and now he’s devoted to sharing the experience with others — starting with his community of Terjun, Indonesia. Alysyahbana and Jordan (of Water Mission Indonesia) As chairman of Terjun’s safe water committee, Alysyahbana oversees the water project and the promotion of healthy water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors such as handwashing. He also chooses to take his role even further by training committees from nearby communities in WASH promotion because he believes so deeply in its ability to change lives. Alysyahbana has been a member of the committee since Terjun’s project commissioning in early 2015, and this ... Read More

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