More than 2.2 billion people around the world lack access to safe water. Sadly, women are disproportionately affected by the global water crisis. Women bear the primary responsibility of caring for their families, which includes providing food and water. Collecting water steals valuable time each day, and often, the water is still unsafe to drink.
Leorbi Garcia, a young mother living in the rural community of Tierra y Libertad, Mexico, used to rely on a nearby stream or well to provide water for her family of nine. But both sources were contaminated, and her family suffered from frequent waterborne illnesses. She longed to protect her children from sickness.
Thanks to the generosity of partners like you, Water Mission was able to partner with Tierra y Libertad to implement a long-lasting safe water system. Now, safe water flows from multiple tap stands, conveniently located throughout the community.
“The water we drink from the Water Mission [safe water system] is clean, and my children don’t suffer anymore,” Leorbi told us. “Now, they drink clean water. They stay healthy, and I have peace of mind.”
Safe water access frees mothers like Leorbi from the time-consuming, exhausting work of collecting water. With more time and improved health, women can pursue opportunities for education and employment, and they can watch their children thrive.
This Mother’s Day, we invite you to empower women and their families through the transformative gifts of safe and Living Water.