How is the cost per person served number calculated?
Because Water Mission is committed to providing sustainable safe water solutions, we have done extensive analysis to understand the total life-cycle costs associated with providing safe water. Although the costs associated with setting up hardware (such as pumps and pipes) are important, other recurring costs are also considered. Water Mission’s cost calculations account for our holistic approach to providing sustainable, safe water solutions, including assessment, community mobilization, installation; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) training; and monitoring and evaluation.
In addition, our Living Water program costs vary by country, while still ensuring that the gospel is integrated into everything we do. We empower the local church to develop a strategic plan, as they effectively proclaim the gospel while incorporating biblical perspectives when responding to community needs.
Is Water Mission’s cost per person served higher than costs reported by other WASH NGOs?
Because our costs include all aspects of our holistic approach, including sharing the Living Water message of Jesus Christ, this provides a higher level of service. Our costs are not easily compared to those provided by other groups.
If $50 is the average cost per person served, does that mean that sometimes it costs more or less?
Because every place that Water Mission works is unique, each community is provided a safe water solution tailored to its unique circumstances. Our customized solutions vary in cost based on:
On average, across all our country programs, $50 can provide safe water and the Living Water message of Jesus Christ for one person. Why is a gift to Water Mission a good investment?
Water Mission builds best-in-class WASH solutions with the goal of investing in the future of a community rather than simply addressing immediate needs. In addition, through our Living Water program, we respond to the full needs of an individual, including their spiritual well-being. We are dedicated to maximizing investments by working to continually use cost-effective methods, while also providing financial accountability and transparency. We strive toward developing sustainable programs that will serve people for years to come. Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission its top four-star rating for 15 consecutive years, a distinction shared by only 1% of charities rated by the organization.
What does the Living Water program at Water Mission provide?
At Water Mission, our Living Water program is strategically designed to:
Do you only serve certain people through Water Mission?
We aim to honor and serve the Lord by building safe water solutions according to our core values of love, excellence, and integrity. Water Mission is committed to serving everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or faith.