Water is vital for life. Our continents are surrounded by water, yet throughout the world, more than 2 billion people lack access to clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, washing, and other needs. The global water crisis is critical and many groups, including Water Mission and REAL-Water, are joining together to address this need.
Last week, Water Mission’s Senior Director of Program Development, Lara Lambert, had the opportunity to present on behalf of Water Mission and REAL-Water at the All Systems Connect 2023 International Symposium. This unique opportunity showcased Water Mission’s research and learning around integrating climate resilience and systems strengthening ... Read More
Each day, women and children around the world rise early in the morning to begin a long journey to find water. Many walk an average of three miles per day to collect water for their family. The route and terrain can be dangerous and the water they collect is often contaminated, making their families sick.
Collectively, women around the world spend 200 million hours per day walking for water.
More than 2.2 billion people lack access to safe water. Children and elderly people are among those most at risk from water-related illnesses; a problem 10-year-old Mwajabu from Tanzania experienced firsthand.
Mwajabu is in ... Read More
There is much to celebrate as we start the new year. Over the past 12 months, your generosity enabled Water Mission to serve more than 1.5 million people with access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions.
Right now, safe water is transforming communities around the world.
For the residents of Loma Negra, Peru, life without safe water was the norm.
“Before, when we used to drink [unsafe] water, many people here got sick. The water had parasites,” Maria Yessica shared with us.
Maria Yessica and her neighbors struggled to keep their children healthy. The water was salty and contaminated, so people were often ... Read More
More than half of the global population lacks a sanitary place to go to the bathroom. Without this basic accommodation, people lack privacy and face indignity.
When her husband passed away last year, Gladys was suddenly alone in the world with six young daughters. The new widow was determined to remain strong for her children but feared for their safety. Water Mission had installed a safe water solution in Gladys’ community of Santa Elena, Peru, which improved overall health and opportunities. However, families still had to go to the fields for their personal sanitation needs. It can be especially dangerous for women and ... Read More
This February, the world is preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics, when citizens will unite around their home counties. As we cheer for the teams representing us in Beijing during the XXIV Olympics, we’re reminded of a team from last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games that didn’t fit the mold. A global audience witnessed resilience in action as a group of athletes competed on behalf of the global refugee community.
Representing Refugees on the World Stage
When the Refugee Olympic Team walked out during the opening ceremonies, they didn’t represent a country. They were in Tokyo competing on behalf of the 84 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, people are ... Read More
Proper safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices are key components to healthy families—and the children of the General Merino community in Peru are quick learners! Local mothers serving as WASH Promoters recently hosted a fun event to teach their kids proper handwashing. Water Mission staff from our Peru team were on hand to support the event with training materials and expertise.
First, children memorized the steps for handwashing and demonstrated their skills in front of the group. Next, they played a game to see if the girls or the boys could place the handwashing steps in order. The friendly competition kept kids engaged and allowed mothers to promote the importance of ... Read More