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Empowering Small Business Owners: Strengthening Local Economies in Mexico

Raul and Reina
Raul and Reina

From evening until midnight, the smell of warm empanadas and fresh cilantro emanates from the home of Raul and Reina Lopez — a house that also holds one of the best restaurants in La Concordia, Mexico. Water Mission recently implemented a safe water and sanitation project that services La Concordia’s 1,800 residents, and the community is overjoyed. Throughout the project, our team watched recipients’ physical, spiritual, relational, and financial health strengthen, illustrating the holistic transformation that is the end goal of every Water Mission project. We were especially inspired by Raul and Reina, who told us about the life-changing impact of the ... Read More

World Water Day: Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day: Leaving no one behind
World Water Day: Leaving no one behind

“A lot of long queues [for water] have been the order of the day,” Margret Apai, a refugee living in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi settlement, told us. When she first arrived after fleeing her home, she found that there wasn’t enough water for the settlement’s refugees, most of whom were escaping the civil war and famine in South Sudan. Women and children were forced to walk long distances and stand in line for hours in hopes of getting water. The trek could take six hours, and some chose to walk in the middle of the night to get to the front of ... Read More

Cyclone Idai: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help

Devastating flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai
Devastating flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai

In early March, southeast Africa suffered severe rainfall from the Idai storm system, which killed more than 100 people and led to serious damage to infrastructure and crops — a devastating loss just before harvest season. Idai strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm in the following days and made landfall on March 14 in Mozambique before striking both Malawi and Zimbabwe. Tragically, at least 350 people have died and more than 2.6 million have been affected by the cyclone across all three countries. The United Nations has already reported that Idai may be one of the most ... Read More

Walking for Water Can Help Change the World

Charleston Walk for Water
Charleston Walk for Water

When you tie your sneakers and pick up an empty bucket at Water Mission’s Walk for Water on March 30, you’re stepping into the daily reality of people like Hayani — a young mother who walked three miles each day to collect dirty water for her family. Hayani bathing her youngest child You’ll start your own three-mile trek at 9 a.m., surrounded by a sea of colors, excitement, and 5,000 of Water Mission’s closest friends in Charleston. In contrast, Hayani likely slipped out of her house before dawn, walking alone to collect the day’s water in the cool of the ... Read More

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Female Change-Makers

Women in Malawi
Women in Malawi

Eleven-year-old Magdelena used to sacrifice school days to spend hours collecting water for her family in Mkinga, Tanzania. Magdelena (left) loves school more than anything but used to sacrifice class time to collect dirty water. Hortencia, a single mother of six, worked tirelessly to provide for her family in El Encanto, Mexico — but nothing she did could keep her children safe from waterborne illnesses. Hortencia and her family Their stories are the tragic reality of women and girls all over the world, who are disproportionally affected by the global water crisis. Women bear the primary responsibility for collecting water, cooking, ... Read More

Julio’s Freedom to Dream

Nina Rumi, Peru
Nina Rumi, Peru

When Julio Zamora dreams of the future, he imagines a world of opportunity for his family and community. It’s a world where his three daughters can attend college and pursue careers, and where his rural village of Nina Rumi, Peru, can grow and become “more beautiful than it already is.” One of Julio’s three daughters Thanks to friends like you, those dreams are one step closer to being realized. Two years ago, Water Mission installed a safe water treatment solution for the 1,000 residents of Nina Rumi. We worked closely with Julio, the pastor of a local church, to support and engage the ... Read More