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Safe Water for 313,000 Refugees

Nyarugusu Refugee Settlement
Nyarugusu Refugee Settlement

There are two seasons in Nyarugusu Refugee Settlement, one of mud and another of dust. We’ve been in the dusty season for only six weeks, but already the trees along the sides of roads are orange with red African soil, stirred up by countless aid trucks moving through the camp. Children love to play along these roads, or just sit and watch the trucks go by, so they become filthy from the dust—as do we. Water Mission has been working in Nyarugusu since September 2015 when we responded to an emergency need to supply safe drinking water to 30,000 refugees from ... Read More

Measuring Impact with the Restore Survey

Survey participants in Indonesia.
Survey participants in Indonesia.

At Water Mission, we have long been committed to measuring the outputs of our work such as accessibility, safety, and sustainability of water and sanitation services. For over a year, we have been developing a new survey tool that will allow us to do what we’ve never done before… routinely measure the wide-ranging, transformational impacts of our work in communities. After all, our work does not stop with water and sanitation! We know that God is transforming many aspects of people’s lives through Water Mission. For the first time, we have a tool that will allow us to measure these impacts, ... Read More

A Mother’s Strength

Hortencia Perez and her children in El Encanto, Mexico
Hortencia Perez and her children in El Encanto, Mexico

  “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” — Proverbs 31:25 Mother’s Day is a time to honor women who lay down their lives every day for the benefit of others. Our moms serve and sacrifice — many times going unnoticed, many times setting aside their own hopes and dreams — for the benefit of their families. At Water Mission, we encounter strong women all over the world, working to provide the very best life they can for their children. Hortencia Perez, mother of six in El Encanto, Mexico, draws water for her family. Hortencia Perez is ... Read More

Sustainable Management and Finance of Rural Water Supplies

Tap stand in Malawi
Tap stand in Malawi

Poor functionality of rural water supplies is a known and critical crisis. It is estimated that almost 15 percent of rural waterpoints fail after just one year and 25 percent are non-functional by their fourth year in operation.[1] Although there are many root causes of this, they cumulatively manifest themselves in the form of inadequate financing for ongoing operation and maintenance. One method, which takes a social business approach to water service delivery, is becoming known as the “safe water enterprise” model. Under this approach, private water service providers deliver water to end users for a fee and utilize ... Read More

Light Shines in Darkness

Water Mission Uganda team
Water Mission Uganda team

Every year, the Water Mission Uganda team personally collects money, clothes, and food to share with those in need. When they deliver their gifts, they also share the love of Christ. Recently, the team visited Kirinya Prison in Jinja, Uganda. With more than 1,000 inmates in a building built for a few hundred,[1] the halls of Kirinya grow crowded and dark, making the hope of Christ difficult to see. Yet, God’s “light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). During the team’s visit, Human Resources Officer Lydia Nantumbwe led the prisoners in joyful songs of ... Read More

Set up for Success: Transitioning Project Ownership

Safe Water Committee in Uganda
Safe Water Committee in Uganda

For a safe water project, the transition from being managed by Water Mission to being managed by the recipient community is the last step of a successful implementation. With more than 2,400 projects now being overseen by local Safe Water Committees (SWCs), Water Mission has a lot of experience with transferring project responsibilities. At the same time, a commitment to excellence pushes the organization to constantly improve the process. One foundational belief that has shaped Water Mission’s implementation approach is that community investment and commitment to a project directly correlate to long-term sustainability. When community members embrace ownership, it indicates that ... Read More