We wish you all a very merry Christmas!
We wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Every year, Water Missions International offers an alternative to Christmas gift giving. While the toys and Christmas sweaters can bring joy, we offer the gifts that change lives.
We want to share with you this Christmas season the reasons why we take part in the fight against the global water crisis. Changing a life can be as simple as clicking a donate button, but there are other ways as well.
Over the next month, we’ll feature guest blogs from Water Missions International volunteers, supporters, and staff. Every person has the capacity, through even the smallest action, to change a life forever. Our hope is to inspire you to see how you, too, can change lives forever.
We’ve told you all about the efforts of the staff of Water Missions International Mexico to provide safe water to those affected by the disastrous flooding in Mexico. Now we’d like to introduce you to the staff who’ve been working so hard to grant safe water access to those in need.
Just before disaster struck, they made a video for our 2013 annual board meeting to update our board members on what’s been happening in our Mexico country program. We wanted to share it with you so that you can meet the amazing team who work so hard to serve the people of Mexico.
Most of the volunteers for Water Missions International work at our international headquarters, helping assemble Living Water™ Treatment Systems, planning our annual Walk for Water, and assisting necessary office tasks. But there is a small, dedicated group of volunteers who travel to our country programs to work with our in-country staff. These international volunteers leave the safety of home and its comforts to spend months at a time working alongside staff on projects or train them on new practices. Our international volunteer Jim Honeycutt has spent much of the last four years doing just that in our Malawi and Uganda country programs.
Jim, a retired engineer, found his faith later in life, and explains that it was the Lord who led him to a life of service in Africa. “There was this lady I was in small group with,” Jim remembers, “and she had a relationship with a pastor in the western part of Kenya. She visited him every year and spent a couple of weeks there. And she asked me to go so I went with her. She was going into villages and praying with people and preaching to them. I was basically in the back seat of the car watching, and I saw a lot of broken down water equipment.” Continue Reading…
Brittany Fogle of Water Missions International stopped by ABC News 4 this morning to be on Lowcountry Live. Watch this video spot to learn more about our Lessons in a Bucket initiative and upcoming Walk for Water event on March 23rd in Charleston, SC.
Imagine life without your bathroom.
For one in three people, toilets are an unattainable luxury.
Approximately 2.6 billion people lack access to proper sanitation.
For this reason, today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day. Take a moment and imagine what life would be like without something so simple as sanitation and privacy. We don’t like to think about that reality. This lack of privacy is especially dangerous for women and girls, who often must wait until it’s dark outside to find relief as it’s considered indecent for them to do so when they could be seen. Aside from the basic right of human dignity, pause and consider the health consequences. Every twenty seconds diarrhea alone takes the life of a child. That’s 5,000 preventable deaths a day.
The international community gathered together in 2000 to form a set of objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals in hopes of improving human rights and the quality of life around the globe. Of all the goals set to be achieved by the year 2015, access to safe water and sanitation are the goals which most clearly will not be met. We ask that you take the time on World Toilet Day to consider how you might play a role in resolving this crisis. If you need ideas, check out how we’re working to combat the global sanitation crisis here: http://www.watermissions.org/
You can make sanitation and Hope happen.
Today, in honor of World Toilet Day, we ask you to slow down to consider how blessed we all are to have safe water and sanitation. Don’t take that bathroom of yours for granted.
(And don’t forget to wash your hands. Even that’s a privilege the whole world can’t enjoy.)
How will you recognize World Toilet Day?
Every year on October 15th, people across the world take the time to focus on one of the best disease prevention practices: proper handwashing techniques.
The simple act of properly washing one’s hands can prevent the spread of disease and infections, especially if done after using the bathroom, as one gram of human feces can potentially contain around 10 million viruses and 1 million bacteria. While we might not take the time to reflect on the impact of what, for many, is a deeply ingrained habit, the truth is that the practice of properly washing hands may save more lives than any vaccine.
Because of this simple act can prevent so much sickness, the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing created an awareness campaign that asked children and schools to turn every 15th of October into Global Handwashing Day. Participants are asked to teach proper handwashing methods and encourage children to adopt this habit. By teaching the newest generation the importance of hygiene and sanitation there can be a brighter future, where one generation passes on the habit to the next.
It smells like fresh paint and progress this morning at our new facility. A dream team of local volunteers and staff from Charleston Water System and Sealoflex, Inc., have descended upon our new site to paint the exterior of our building as part of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring.
If you saw this news clip, then you know how much TLC our new building needs. Did you catch the part where reporter, Sonya Stevens, peels off a huge piece of the old paint? (Don’t worry, we gave her permission- she was just helping us prepare the walls for today…)
Take a look at the volunteer-heroes who have stepped up to rehabilitate our new space for all of the future work that will happen within those walls and the places far, far away outside of them.
We’re grateful for the dream team that came to paint with us today. They are just as much a part of accomplishing this mission as those who work in the field, those who engineer solutions, those who serve in our offices, and those who give of their resources. Volunteers help make it happen! Together, we can conquer thirst. (Even with a paint roller.)
Every Spring and Fall, Water Missions International produces a newsletter for our supporters. In it, we share stories from the field, updates on projects, a focus on one of our country programs, volunteer highlights, and much, much more!
Our Spring 2012 Quench Newsletter will be hitting mailboxes next week, so we thought we’d share just a little bit from our opening story.
Hear their Story
Meet Mr. Muhammad Basuki, the head of a small rice farming village in Indonesia. This village, like many other communities in Indonesia and other developing countries around the world, relies on dirty water. Their public water source is a well, but the problem is that the water is oily, a yellowish color, and muddy. This is their only water source and they use it for cooking, drinking, cleaning and bathing. And even though they use it every day, they do not know if the water is safe; they have never tested it and simply do not know about safe drinking water standards. Before the people in this village use the well water to drink, they have to put the water through a sand filter and then boil it twice…
….Be on the lookout for our Spring 2012 Quench to read the rest of this story!
A few additional highlights:
Country Program Focus: Malawi
We’ll upload a digital Quench Newsletter here in addition to mailed copies.
Who do you think is shining in our volunteer highlight this Spring?