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.”
After spending their hard-earned money seeing a doctor and buying medicine for the boys, Sandy and Suami learned that their sons’ illnesses stemmed from drinking water contaminated with dangerous bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. But they had few other options for obtaining water.
Then, Water Mission began working near La Concordia, providing safe water and healthy hygiene training to all the residents. As with all our community-based projects, Water Mission first collaborated with local leaders to develop strategies for the project’s operational and financial success.
Community members formed a safe water committee to manage the water treatment solution, while we trained other residents on how to teach their neighbors about safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices, such as handwashing. According to the World Bank, hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health intervention. (World Bank 2016)
Today, Sandy says she spends fewer resources on hospital visits and medicine, and Josué and his brothers spend less time recovering from illness and more time playing soccer.
“We see the difference now as we don’t have to go to the doctor often,” Sandy said.
50% of the developing world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related diseases. For rural communities like Josué’s, safe water means less time suffering from illness, and more time going to school and growing as a family.
This Christmas, you can invest in a healthy, fulfilling life for millions of children like Josué with the gift of safe water and the Living Water of Jesus Christ.