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The High Cost of Dirty Water: Rachel’s Story

Rachel draws safe water from Mkinga's tap
Rachel draws safe water from Mkinga's tap

Water is a basic human need. But for 30-year-old Rachel Poul, it was an expensive one. In the rural community of Mkinga, Tanzania, Rachel had just two options to get water for her family: She could walk at least two miles to collect water that was obviously dirty and then boil it at home, or she could buy pricey water from a water truck. She tried both. But even when she bought the water, with hopes of protecting her family from miserable waterborne diseases, they still got sick. The expensive water was clear — but contaminated. So, Rachel combined her options. She bought ... Read More

Safe Water for All: Empowering Refugees & Communities in Tanzania

Safe Water for All
Safe Water for All

Facing violent political unrest and economic decline, hundreds of thousands of Burundians have fled to Tanzania, a neighboring country in East Africa. The recent influx of refugees has overwhelmed the area’s already insufficient resources. An unfortunate consequence of Tanzania’s support of refugees has been animosity from nearby indigenous communities. While life in the camps is difficult, refugees are provided basic access to shelter, water, food, medicine, and education. Tanzanians residing nearby are often living in worse conditions than the refugees. Additionally, the cost of living for locals has increased as aid organizations consume significant quantities of staple products, driving prices up ... Read More

Indonesia Update: Collaboration in Disaster Response

Disaster relief in Indonesia
Disaster relief in Indonesia

As news of the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Indonesia spread around the world, Water Mission had already begun to evaluate what resources were available and how to respond most effectively. According to a recent UNICEF report, the combined disasters that hit the island of Sulawesi on September 28 tragically killed more than 2,000 people and affected nearly 2,000,000. By God’s grace, we are well-positioned to help meet the urgent need for safe water in the aftermath. Water Mission has a long-standing country program in Indonesia, with three local offices and a talented team of 20 that is experienced in ... Read More

Hope and Healing in Uganda 

Molly and George Greene III at St. Francis Hospital
Molly and George Greene III at St. Francis Hospital

This past June, co-founders Molly and George Greene III traveled with a team of Water Mission friends and partners to see the impact of safe water projects in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Following is Molly’s account of one memorable experience.  In 2014, Molly Greene greets children who have recently gained access to life-changing safe water at St. Francis Hospital. It’s been four years since supporters of Water Mission provided safe water to St. Francis Hospital in Buluba. We visited this rural community in eastern Uganda this summer, and the community’s enthusiasm for safe water was obvious as we were greeted with overflowing joy and warmth. The hospital was founded in 1934 by a mission-minded nun determined to ... Read More

The Power of Trusted Relationships

Enkereri, Kenya
Enkereri, Kenya

As one of the most well-known tribes in Africa, the Maasai people are recognized for their rich culture, fierce independence, and respect for the earth. Enkereri, Kenya, is home to a vibrant community of Maasai and is also the site of a brand-new safe water system designed to last for generations to come. In this project, the importance of our community development work in ensuring long-term success of sustainable water solutions is apparent. While our engineers are creating customized designs, the community development staff are building the framework that mobilizes the community to wholeheartedly pour themselves into the safe water project that empowers those served.   As part of our community development team in Kenya, Jackline Jebet spent several months building relationships ... 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