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20 Years of Transforming Lives

Since 2001, supporters like you have helped Water Mission serve more than 7 million people across 57 countries with lasting safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions. More importantly, the Living Water message has brought hope and transformed lives around the world. The following timeline highlights key milestones of the Water Mission story you have helped make possible.

  • Hurricane Mitch response the “First Sip” begins a movement to transform lives through safe and Living Water
1998
  • Water Mission is officially incorporated
  • First Living Water Treatment System (LWTS) installed in Hicaque, Honduras
  • Honduras program established
2001
  • Water Mission is officially incorporated
  • First Living Water Treatment System (LWTS) installed in Hicaque, Honduras
  • Honduras program established
  • Haiti program established
2003
  • Disaster Response: Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
2004
  • Disaster Response: Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
  • Uganda and Indonesia programs established
2005
  • Peru program established
  • Disaster Response: Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Our first health impact study showed our projects helped reduce diarrheal illnesses by 52%
  • Water Mission earns Charity Navigator top “4-star” award (first of 14 consecutive awards)
2006
  • Peru program established
  • Disaster Response: Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Our first health impact study showed our projects helped reduce diarrheal illnesses by 52%
  • Water Mission earns Charity Navigator top “4-star” award (first of 14 consecutive awards)
  • Mexico and Kenya programs established
  • First Walk for Water is held in Charleston, SC
  • First solar powered safe water project installed in Uganda
2007
  • Living Water discipleship program is developed
2008
  • Living Water discipleship program is developed
  • Malawi program established
2009
  • Disaster Response: Earthquake and cholera outbreak, Haiti
  • 1 MILLION people served since 2001
2010
  • Disaster Response: Earthquake and cholera outbreak, Haiti
  • 1 MILLION people served since 2001
  • Tanzania program established
2013
  • Disaster Response: Ebola Outbreak, Liberia
  • Liberia becomes the 50th country served safe water solutions
2014
  • Disaster Response: Ebola Outbreak, Liberia
  • Liberia becomes the 50th country served safe water solutions
  • Largest water treatment project implemented in Tanzania’s Nyarugusu refugee camp
  • More than 3 MILLION people served
2015
  • Disaster Response: Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico
  • Restore Survey developed to measure communities’ water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors and project impact
2017
  • Disaster Response: Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico
  • Restore Survey developed to measure communities’ water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors and project impact
  • Largest water treatment project implemented in Tanzania’s Nyarugusu refugee camp
  • Disaster response: Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas
  • More than 4 MILLION people served
2019
  • Global disaster response to COVID-19
  • Largest solar array project to-date is finished, The Bahamas
  • More than 1.6 MILLION people served in a single year
2020
  • Global disaster response to COVID-19
  • Largest solar array project to-date is finished, The Bahamas
  • More than 1.6 MILLION people served in a single year
  • Disaster Response: Texas Winter Storm, getting safe water flowing for Austin’s most vulnerable residents
  • Water Mission launches the Global Water Center to bring together safe water organizations
  • More than 7 MILLION people served across 57 countries since 2001
2021
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