Until a year and a half ago, families living in Guayaman, Honduras, were tormented by sickness. Though water is plentiful in this region of western Honduras, it is often unsafe to drink. Unfortunately, for people like Onan Aguilar Contreras, using water from contaminated sources was the only option.
Onan and his family no longer have to drink contaminated water and suffer from water-related illnesses.
“Our life was very difficult,” recalls the father of four, “since we drank water that caused many illnesses in our home—including diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.”
Guayaman is in the Intibucá Department, which has one of the highest percentages of extreme poverty in Honduras. Residents could not afford to purchase water from the ... Read More
Originally published on April 19, 2021 by Global Washington. Written by David Inman, PE; Global Partnerships Senior WASH Technical Advisor at Water Mission.
Despite global efforts to provide water and sanitation solutions to healthcare facilities, almost 2 billion people worldwide depend on healthcare facilities without basic water services. As a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions, Water Mission is working to serve vulnerable communities through sustained WASH provision. Our work to provide WASH in healthcare facilities around the world includes advocating for patient care, equipping frontline workers, strengthening health systems, and providing engineering expertise.
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What does water mean to you?
When you think of water, what images come to mind? A cold glass to drink after a long run? A tub filled with bubbles as you give your baby a bath? A quiet prayer beside a peaceful stream?
Water means something different to everyone—but we all need it to survive. Many of us turn on the faucet and it flows freely. But 2.2 billion people around the world still lack access to safe, clean water.
Collecting safe water in Capity, Haiti
You are helping to change that. On March 22nd,World Water Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the transformation taking place in communities where safe water was once scarce, but is now abundant.
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Before Josué was born, his mother, Sandy, and father, Suami, came to La Concordia, Mexico to make a better life for themselves and their family. But it’s hard to succeed when the water you drink makes you sick.
“My children got sick many times with waterborne illness and vomiting,” said Sandy. “Four times, I took my children to the hospital because I thought they were going to die. The doctor said Josué and his brothers might have died if I had taken them two hours later.”
Sandy also said that as a mother, she is overjoyed to no longer be worried about ... Read More
Life without water. A thought so unimaginable that when you realize communities lack access to clean, safe water for handwashing—even amid COVID-19—it makes you stop in your tracks.
How can this be? A resource so readily available to so many is still out of reach for nearly one-third of the world’s population. It’s a statistic that Water Mission and so many other organizations are dedicated to ending, including our new partner Azimuth World Foundation.
Water Mission’s Partnership with Azimuth World Foundation
Two students at Kiganamo Primary School wash their hands while using a handwashing station funded by Azimuth World Foundation.
In March, our team embarked on a mission to ensure people around the world have access to handwashing supplies amid COVID-19.
We recently completed the installation of 30 handwashing stations at 15 primary schools in Kasulu, Tanzania. This ... Read More
Throughout 2020, Water Mission has highlighted the urgent need for safe water in the fight against a global pandemic and following natural disasters. In such emergencies, safe water becomes a scarce but desperately needed resource in sustaining life and preventing the spread of diseases.
Today, on World Toilet Day, Water Mission would like to call attention to more than 4.2 billion people who live without access to safe sanitation. This equates to over half of the global population.
Each year, November 19 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as World Toilet Day, a day designated to raise awareness of the 4.2 billion people living ... Read More