Water Sunday 2015

Three years ago, Water Sunday began as a way to mobilize churches in providing safe water to the millions of people who do not have access to it. Since then, thousands of lives have been transformed all over the world. This April, Water Sunday will bring the body of Christ together to focus on the water crisis and we invite you to join us.

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Severe flooding in Chikwawa, Malawi

With 176 dead and 200,000 displaced, people in Malawi continue to suffer from the worst flooding ever recorded in the country’s history. Constant heavy rainfall exacerbated by the Tropical Cyclone Bansi produced dangerous flooding in the southern region of the country. Over half of the state has been declared a disaster zone and the death toll is expected to rise. As people still trapped by the flood continue to fight for survival, UNICEF reached out to Water Missions International’s Malawi staff to help assess the situation. Continue Reading…

After the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Five years is a long time, but the images of the devastation in Haiti as a result of the 2010 earthquake remain vivid in the minds of relief workers. About 50 WMI volunteers and staff workers delivered over 150 Living Water™ Treatment Systems to improve the lives of over 250,000 people impacted by the disaster. Here is a snapshot of WMI’s work in Haiti, arriving shortly after the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

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An Eight Hour Trek Every Day

Before safe water was brought to Mount Paka, women spent the majority of their day walking to the closest water source: a sand dam several miles away. It was a three hour walk down Mount Paka and a five hour walk back up, totaling eight hours every day for the women in this remote village. Continue Reading…

The Mount Paka project challenged our engineers.

You’ve read the story of the isolated community of Mount Paka, Kenya, and the Pokot tribe that received safe water this September through Water Missions International, but what you may not know are the difficulties that arose in the two-and-a-half year design and implementation process. Continue Reading…

6 Ways to Give Joy This Christmas | Christmas Catalog 2014

At Water Missions, we’ve discovered that joy sometimes comes packaged differently than you might expect. Think solar panels, concrete latrines, and guys on motorcycles delivering water. A little different, right? Below are six ways you can spread joy this holiday season with impacts that stretch a lifetime. Continue Reading…

Burundi Photo in Hallway

In the lobby of Water Missions International Headquarters hangs a picture of a small village named Katobo located in in rural Burundi. Katabo is home to the Batwa, an indigenous pygmy people who make up less than one percent of the total population of Burundi. The Batwa, once respected hunters and gatherers, lost their livelihoods because of government concerns about the destruction of the rainforest. The Batwa live in extreme poverty and inhabit the most dry, arid land in Burundi – making finding fresh water a significant challenge, a challenge that often falls on the shoulders of the children. Continue Reading…

World Toilet Day

Tara Jones —  November 19, 2014

World Toilet Day Graphic

When you’ve grown up with a toilet your entire life, it’s quite hard to imagine how life would be without one. For over one-third of the people on this earth, that’s every day. No place of privacy. Dangerous walks outside of your community. A higher likelihood of leaving school if you’re a young girl. A greater chance of catching diarrhea, cholera, dysentery and well, the list goes on.

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Charleston Day of Caring Workers Paint Hallway

Saws were ablaze, paint fumes filled the office, and lots of new faces were working hard at Water Missions International headquarters today. WMI was honored to participate in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring this year. The GEL Group and South Carolina Federal Credit Union donated their time and ended hands today to help us with several projects around the facility, including painting floors, woodworking and packing “Lessons in a Bucket” curriculum packets for our education initiative. Continue Reading…

Citadel cadets serve by landscaping WMI Headquarters

The Citadel cadets wore shirts that read, “Learning to Lead by Serving Others” on October 22, as they worked alongside members of the Charleston Garden Club, and volunteers from Water Missions International, landscaping and planting new beds that border the entranceway of the local non-profit.  The service work was part of the Citadel’s Leadership Day of Service. Continue Reading…