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Healing Trauma: The Church is a Hospital for Souls

Participants receiving Bibles during the Trauma Healing Program.
Participants receiving Bibles during the Trauma Healing Program.

Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution experience trauma that no person should have to endure. In northern Uganda’s refugee settlements, where thousands have fled from violent civil war in South Sudan, the local church is playing a vital role in their healing process, with support from Water Mission Uganda’s Evangelism and Discipleship (E&D) team. “The role of the Church in refugee settlements is critical because it fills a gap only the Church can fill. Different agencies in the settlement [provide safe water]. The health center… is the best place to seek medical attention. However, none of these can offer solutions to a ... Read More

The Key is Transformation

North Sumatra, Indonesia
North Sumatra, Indonesia

Kevin Herr, Director of Church Partnerships, shares about his time visiting several safe water projects in Indonesia alongside Water Mission church partners. Our team of church leaders from the U.S. had finally reached the top of the hill housing the rural community of Huta Ginjang, located in North Sumatra, Indonesia. We had started our trek from the very bottom of the hill where the village’s only water source was located. For generations, this hike had been a daily reality for the community. “Moliarty,” exclaimed 78-year-old resident Ms. Siregar upon our arrival, thanking us in the local Batak language as she shook ... Read More

From Students to Students

Hope & Bright Future School, Soweto slum, Nairobi, Kenya
Hope & Bright Future School, Soweto slum, Nairobi, Kenya

In the densely populated Soweto slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, more than 10,000 people live in an area one-fourth of the size of New York City’s Central Park (just 0.36 square miles). Water has always been scarce, and safe water even more so. Fights frequently break out at the community’s overcrowded water points, and diseases like diarrhea, malaria, and typhoid run rampant. “[Collecting water] takes up to three hours because I have to wait in the queue. Sometimes I give up along the way and go without water.” – resident of Soweto slum, 2017 Until recently, thirst and waterborne illness prevented students at ... Read More

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 We should make 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 a ... Read More