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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 Mother’s Day is a 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 ... Read More

Sustainable Management and Finance of Rural Water Supplies

Tap stand in Malawi
Tap stand in Malawi

Poor functionality of rural water supplies is a known and critical crisis. It is estimated that almost 15 percent of rural waterpoints fail after just one year and 25 percent are non-functional by their fourth year in operation.[1] Although there are many root causes of this, they cumulatively manifest themselves in the form of inadequate financing for ongoing operation and maintenance. One method, which takes a social business approach to water service delivery, is becoming known as the “safe water enterprise” model. Under this approach, private water service providers deliver water to end users for a fee and utilize ... Read More

A New Life | Refuge in Uganda

When war came to Dada Angelo’s community in South Sudan, he and his family were forced to flee. After being separated from his wife and children in the chaos of leaving home, Dada Angelo urgently searched for them upon arriving at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Two months later, while driving through the settlement, he came to a sudden stop. There before him was his wife. “When I was separated from her, I could not rest. I was supposed to be taking care of her. When I finally saw her, I rushed to her and felt so good.” – Dada Angelo Reunited ... Read More

Puerto Rico | Powerful Solutions

Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.
Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.

Since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, the people of Puerto Rico have been working diligently to recover. In San Juan, it is hard to tell a hurricane even hit the island. Yet all it takes is a harrowing two-hour drive into the countryside to realize that everything is not back to normal. Water Mission mobilized shortly after the storm hit, and initial assessments uncovered a unique need. With electricity knocked out for most of the island, there were hundreds of rural communities with intact water systems that were inoperable because there was no power available. Power is a part of ... Read More

Exposing the Hidden Groundwater Crisis with Remote Sensors

Groundwater is a critical resource for most people who live in rural areas of the world. To put it in perspective, around three in every five rural households in sub-Saharan Africa rely on aquifers accessed by hand dug or drilled wells as their primary water source. We have previously written that the common ideal of rural water supply in developing countries is shifting away from point-source handpumps towards higher volumes of water provided in more convenient locations, namely with higher-capacity groundwater pumping systems and piped distribution networks. While Water Mission supports this ideal and is actively working with government ... Read More

Resolutions with a Purpose

Each new year is a fresh start, holding the promise of possibility, change, and hope. Many of us set resolutions, inspired by the chance to start over, hoping that 2018 will be the year that we finally accomplish that one particular goal. Resolutions are a great thing – an opportunity to learn and grow, to become more compassionate and to refocus our priorities on the things that matter most. But what if we could multiply the power of our resolutions this year? What if our personal goals could also create change for thousands of people around the world? Today and every day this ... Read More