In November 2019, former professional baseball players, Blaine Boyer, Jason Standridge, and Kyle Hanlon joined Scott Linebrink, Stewardship Advisor at Water Mission and former MLB pitcher, on a visit to Bidibidi, Uganda, the world’s second-largest refugee settlement.
Bringing Safe Water to Refugees
Since 2014, Uganda has received an influx of refugees fleeing violence and human rights abuses in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). When these refugees make it to settlements, they often face shortages of food, medicine, and most urgently, safe water.
By partnering with UNICEF, the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR), and individuals and entities passionate about bringing safe water to refugees, Water Mission has provided safe water to more than 230,000 people in and around Ugandan refugee settlements. But the need remains desperate. According to UNHCR, Uganda is likely to host about 1.73 million refugees by the end of 2020.
In response, Water Mission is engaging both refugees and community members in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of safe water solutions. Community volunteers are educating their neighbors on healthy sanitation and hygiene practices. Our team is working closely with local leaders in Uganda to ensure the success of these projects. In addition, Water Mission is partnering with local churches to continue engaging community members with the hope-filled Living Water message of Jesus.
With the threat of the coronavirus reaching refugee communities, the need for clean, safe water and hygiene resources is more critical than ever. Without safe water, refugees and medical professionals cannot wash their hands and clean their spaces. Without hygiene supplies and information on preventive measures, they risk community spread of the disease.
Join Water Mission as we provide urgently needed safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions.