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Gender Gap: Mothers, Daughters Impacted Most by the Global Water Crisis

Alice Kabula and her family
Alice Kabula and her family

For Alice Kabula, a farmer and seamstress in Kiringa, Uganda, to be clothed with strength means having a body healthy enough to care for her 13 children. For her, living with dignity means having the means to provide her children with food, shelter, education, and safe water. At Water Mission, we believe that the Lord desires for mothers everywhere to have all that they need for the significant and sacrificial work they’re called to do. And we pray that the Lord will continue working through us to fulfill this desire. Motherhood is no easy task, especially for someone ... Read More

World Malaria Day

Tanzania
Tanzania

“Malaria has affected our entire country program staff in Tanzania. It would be rare to find a staff member who hasn’t had it,” said David Gerlach, Water Mission’s project manager for Tanzania. “I had it once when I was traveling for work, and it’s extremely debilitating.” Water Mission’s team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania David returned home to Charleston with malaria while the city was being evacuated for Hurricane Irma in 2017. He stayed in bed for three days, lethargic and delirious from a high fever. “I can’t recall much from those three days,” he told us. “I was out.” But he remembered ... Read More

Cardinals Pitcher Inspires Change through Safe Water

Adam Wainwright in Haiti
Adam Wainwright in Haiti

While St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright may be best known for strikeouts and shutouts, Inside Chatter recently gave fans a glimpse into how he spends his time off the field. The story, originally published via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on April 3, explored how Adam is dedicating his time and resources toward being a positive force for change around the world. As a longtime supporter of Water Mission and an advocate for universal access to safe water, Adam is dedicated to helping provide this basic necessity to the 2.1 billion people who currently lack access worldwide. “When you ... Read More

World Health Day: How Safe Water Transforms a Community

Nina Rumi, Peru
Nina Rumi, Peru

“The children were always sick,” Hildebrado Ruiz Sosa told us about his community in Nina Rumi, Peru. “We consumed water from the rivers and wells, and it wasn’t a healthy life for us. Sometimes the children were infected with parasites, and they always had stomach aches. We suffered a lot from many illnesses.” Sadly, this is something we hear over and over in the communities we serve. While dirty water can be time-consuming to collect and hinder the growth of a village in a variety of ways, its most devastating impact is on the health of community members. Today, waterborne illnesses remain ... Read More

A Second Disaster: Waterborne Illnesses Hit Cyclone-Ravaged Areas

Displacement camp in Malawi
Displacement camp in Malawi

Just a few weeks after Cyclone Idai fatally struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, Water Mission is diligently working on the ground to bring safe water to those at risk of experiencing a “second disaster,” or a post-cyclone outbreak of deadly waterborne diseases. The number of reported cholera cases is at 1,700 as of April 3, with health officials reporting at least 200 new cases each day in the Mozambican city of Beira alone. Flooding has contaminated many water sources. This damage, combined with poor sanitation and heavy water pollution, has created an environment suitable for cholera outbreaks. Bangula displacement camp in Malawi Craig ... Read More

A Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Going Above & Beyond in Haiti

Lafiteau, Haiti
Lafiteau, Haiti

The community of Lafiteau, Haiti, was not always an entrepreneurial success story. When Water Mission first commissioned a safe water project serving more than 7,000 people in Lafiteau four years ago, the group of community leaders who form the town’s safe water committee needed some time to figure things out. Transitioning the management of a newly implemented system to the safe water committee is an essential part of every project — but it doesn’t happen overnight. Safe water committee in Duclas, Haiti: a community a few hours down the coast from Lafiteau Our staff provides training on operations, financial management, and hygiene promotion ... Read More