Hurricane Dorian Relief: Collaborating to Respond to Urgent Needs and Unique Challenges in the Bahamas

It’s been a week since Hurricane Dorian hit the Atlantic as a Category 5 storm. Water Mission’s disaster response and engineering teams are now on the ground responding to the urgent need for clean, safe water in the Bahamas. To get the latest updates on our relief efforts, check our Twitter feed and Instagram, where we will share photos, videos, and stories from the field as well and planning and logistics updates from our headquarters. “Water Mission is working with partners and local municipalities to mobilize a safe water system as quickly as possible. Given the lack of freshwater ... Read More

Who Makes Clean Water Projects Sustainable in Mexico? Knowledgeable Community Members

Want to know how we implement long-lasting change through our safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in countries like Mexico? In a country where water-related interventions often require strategies that consider infrastructure, education, climate, and macro- and micro-economics, having an optimistic outlook and a genuine love of people is the best approach. We recently interviewed Water Mission’s country director in Mexico, Johnny Bermúdez, about the fun, informative, people-focused work they do in and around Chiapas, a state in the southeast of the country. Read along to learn more about how safe water and sanitation projects lead to community empowerment! Our Mexico ... Read More

Grace and Grit: Celebrating Water Mission’s #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

Grace and grit — these are two of a million things that our female staff in Charleston and abroad bring to the table every day. This year, on World Humanitarian Day, we join the United Nations and other organizations in celebrating the women that make our work possible — delivering clean, safe water and God’s love to people in need! What is World Humanitarian Day? In 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day to honor workers who have risked or lost their lives in humanitarian service. The day calls us to recognize the suffering ... Read More

How to Make Clean, Safe Water Last: Poul Due Jensen Foundation and Water Mission Partner for Long-Term Change in Kenya

Water Mission’s values of love, excellence, and integrity are made evident in the two main aspects of what we do: engineering and community empowerment. We believe that these two aspects work in tandem. Together, they build safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions that produce long-term change — the kind of change that we aim for in our continued partnership with the Poul Due Jensen Foundation (PDJF). The Water Mission Kenya team greets a community member at a commissioning celebration in Segera Through the Kenya 23 Next Level initiative, Water Mission and PDJF will quality assess, repair, and expand existing safe water ... Read More

First on the Ground: Collaborating to Serve in Disaster Areas

When Craig Williams, the disaster response coordinator for Water Mission, gets ready to travel to the heart of a devastating crisis, he considers not only what might be necessary to bring safe water to people affected by disasters but also how to best collaborate with other organizations engaged in this work. Craig says he “makes new best friends” before he gets off the plane, as the other passengers often represent humanitarian organizations. He knows how crucial it is to make these connections — everyone is a possible strategic partner, especially in a crisis situation. Craig secures storage for our equipment in ... Read More

Meeting Critical Needs after Cyclone Idai

“I was totally traumatized,” said Zainabu Lesitula, a mother whose home was destroyed by Cyclone Idai. “I lost everything. When the storm hit, I felt so scared.” Zainabu and her infant son were displaced when the cyclone tore through Malawi in March 2019. They had to live with thousands of other survivors in the Namicheni displacement camp. Initially, the only water available was from a local factory, which was trucked in inconsistently. The supply was insufficient and had yet to be tested for safety or quality. “The little drips of water were not enough. To get more, we had to walk a ... Read More