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When You Walk for Water, You Make a Difference

Walk for Water
Walk for Water

Today, I moved through my regular routine: I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, and took a shower. Hours later, I strolled over to the water cooler at work to fill up my water bottle. Throughout the day, I used the bathroom, washed my hands, refilled the water bottle, cooked dinner, and threw a load of laundry into the washing machine. But not once did I think about where I was going to get water, whether it would be safe to walk 25 steps to the water cooler, or whether the water itself was safe. Not once. Every day, billions of people ... Read More

Our 2018 Impact on the Global Water Crisis

Celebrating safe water in Tanzania
Celebrating safe water in Tanzania

If you prayed, volunteered your time, gave a gift, or supported Water Mission in other ways throughout the past year, then you helped us serve more than 400,000 people with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in 2018. Together, we completed safe water projects in 150 communities and 13 countries. We provided desperately needed safe water to survivors of natural disasters; traveled to rural, isolated villages around the world to install sustainable safe water and sanitation systems; and helped refugees fleeing violence and persecution to start a new life. We are so grateful for God’s blessings and your support this year. Before ... 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

Church Partnerships: Sharing the Hope of the World

A church in Northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement
A church in Northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement

One of the most impactful things we have the honor to do at Water Mission is partner with churches around the world to provide safe water and the Gospel message to millions of people. The longer I work with churches, the more I believe that truly, the Church is the hope of the world. Bible study at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda Almost every time Water Mission installs a safe water treatment system, the local church plays a critical role in mobilizing the community. Frequently, it’s the local church that empowers people — often leading the charge to bring safe ... Read More

Walk for Water | Thank You Charleston

Girls carry buckets of water in Water Mission's Walk for Water.
Girls carry buckets of water in Water Mission's Walk for Water.

On Saturday, March 17, more than 4,000 people gathered at Riverfront Park in North Charleston to walk in solidarity with the 2.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to safe water. Participants walked from the park to Water Mission’s global headquarters and back again. With buckets in hand, they stopped midway to collect dirty water. Read More