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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

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

Measuring Impact with the Restore Survey

Survey participants in Indonesia.
Survey participants in Indonesia.

At Water Mission, we have long been committed to measuring the outputs of our work such as accessibility, safety, and sustainability of water and sanitation services. For over a year, we have been developing a new survey tool that will allow us to do what we’ve never done before… routinely measure the wide-ranging, transformational impacts of our work in communities. After all, our work does not stop with water and sanitation! We know that God is transforming many aspects of people’s lives through Water Mission. For the first time, we have a tool that will allow us to measure these impacts, ... 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

The Evolving Global Perspective on WASH

In late August, Water Mission participated in the 2017 Stockholm World Water Week. This international conference is the annual premier venue for water professionals from government, academia, and civil society to network, exchange ideas, and develop solutions to the world’s most pressing water-related challenges. In collaboration with our strategic partner, the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, we were blessed with the opportunity to connect with like-minded organizations and learn from the experiences of others. Read More

Learning from Within: Latin America WASH Workshop

Latin America Regional WASH Workshop Participants | Water Mission
Latin America Regional WASH Workshop Participants | Water Mission

Every year, Water Mission unites several country programs together in a region of the world to share best practices, improve technology implementation, and learn key innovations from field staff. Facilitated by our headquarters Community Development team, the Latin America and Caribbean Regional WASH Workshop is based on a key principle in Helping Without Hurting, that true growth in communities comes from using the skills, resources, and ideas that already exist amongst the people. Read More