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Empowering Refugees Through Partnerships

Safe water for Bidi Bidi refugee settlement
Safe water for Bidi Bidi refugee settlement

When tens of thousands of people fled violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013, Water Mission began implementing its first safe water projects serving refugee populations in neighboring Uganda. In partnership with UNICEF, we provided safe drinking water through solar-powered water treatment systems and piped distribution networks in Uganda’s refugee settlements. Safe water in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement (2017) Two years later, civil war in South Sudan drove an influx of refugees to Uganda. Water Mission and UNICEF responded immediately to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees. It is the responsibility of the ... Read More

Partnering for Major Impact in Haiti

Scott Linebrink and the team in Haiti
Scott Linebrink and the team in Haiti

One of my favorite parts about working with Water Mission is having the opportunity to visit communities we serve around the world that are full of vibrant culture, welcoming families, and inspirational resilience. On top of that, I get to connect with incredible, generous partners, and I even have the chance to travel with them to see the safe water projects their partnerships have made possible. Earlier this month, I traveled to Haiti with a few representatives from Big League Impact — a foundation committed to restoring hope and saving lives in the U.S. and globally. The organization and several ... Read More

Scaling Up for Greater Impact

Water Mission's booth at SIWI World Water Week.
Water Mission's booth at SIWI World Water Week.

Water Mission is poised to be a catalyst for change in the water sector. We are now recognized globally for our expertise in solar-powered water pumping, remote monitoring, water treatment standards, pricing models, and community development. We’ve come a long way from our grassroots beginnings – what began with Dr. George and Molly Greene following the Lord’s call to start an engineering ministry has now served more than 3.6 million people worldwide with safe water solutions. “[As we] continue raising standards, increasing the sustainability and quality of our project construction and design, we can’t operate in a vacuum in Charleston,” Executive Vice ... 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