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Faith Can Move Mountains

Huta Ginjang is a small Christian community located on a mountaintop near Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. For the 2,100 people living there, collecting water involves walking down a steep mountainside to fetch dirty water from an unprotected spring and then returning home with heavy buckets. For many years, the people have prayed that one day safe water would be more accessible and that they would be relieved of this daily burden. Read More

Dina’s Dream: The Power of Safe Water

Dina can attend school now thanks to safe water.
Dina can attend school now thanks to safe water.

Dina Damiton is a young teen whose life has been transformed. As a 13-year-old student at Mchenga School in southern Malawi, Dina has many dreams. She loves learning and hopes that one day she might become a teacher. For Dina and others in her community, the beginning of school is always an exciting and nerve-wracking time. School is important to the children in Mchenga because it is often the only way for them to create a brighter future. Read More

Peru Neighbors Serve Each Other During El Niño Flooding

People carry their belongings on their heads after intense flooding in Peru.
People carry their belongings on their heads after intense flooding in Peru.

In March 2017, storms created by the effects of El Niño dumped 43 inches of rain on Peru. The coastal department of Piura, home to several Water Mission community projects, was the second most impacted area with more than 400,000 homes destroyed by flooding. Water Mission’s safe water project in Loma Negra, a community in Piura, was commissioned in September 2016 and provides nearly 2,600 people with access to safe water. Like all Water Mission community development projects, the people in Loma Negra had established a Safe Water Committee (SWC) to oversee the system’s operation and finances, and support ongoing hygiene ... Read More

The Power of Water: A Father’s Story

Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.
Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.

Segundo Morcera and his family live in Nueva Reforma, Peru, a small village burrowed along the banks of the Yarina ravine, an offshoot of the Tapiche River. As a farmer, Segundo provides for his wife and four young children. Water is essential to his livelihood. Without sufficient rainwater, Segundo’s livestock and crops would deteriorate, and he would lose money needed to care for his family. Each day, he is up before dawn working his crops, trying to make ends meet. Read More

Safe Water for Hayani’s Family

A mother in Indonesia smiles after receiving safe water.
A mother in Indonesia smiles after receiving safe water.

Hayani, a 30-year-old mother of three young children, lives in the rural community of Terjun, Indonesia. For years, she woke up early to walk nearly three miles round trip every day to collect buckets of water for her household. In an effort to provide this basic necessity to her family, she was unknowingly giving them contaminated water that made them sick. Read More

IBM Brings Data Insight for Safe Water Sustainability

A family in Tanzania walk with buckets of water on their heads.
A family in Tanzania walk with buckets of water on their heads.

Around the world, an estimated 1.8 billion people lack access to safe water[1]. In addition, 2.4 billion people lack basic sanitation[2], and 842,000 people die every year from water-related diseases[3]. Access to water is important, but access alone is not enough. In the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the United Nations recently extended its focus beyond accessibility to sustainability and service (SDG 6), prioritizing universal and equitable access to safe water and sanitation for all. Water Mission, on the other hand, has actually spent the past 16 years making these priorities a reality. Read More