Archives For Miscellaneous

1. 40% of the World Lacks a Toilet

Roughly 2.65 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. That’s one in three people who don’t have a toilet.

Mexico Sanitation

This makeshift latrine in Mexico is a far cry from adequate sanitation.

2. Toilets Promote Gender Equality

In many places around the world, girls drop out of school when they hit puberty, simply because of the bathrooms. Without a toilet and washing facility that’s private, safe, or available, girls avoid going to school because of menstrual health and lack of adequate facilities. Access to adequate sanitation empowers girls to attend school and take advantage of the opportunities education brings. Continue Reading…

“If I would take the time to explain my happiness, I would never finish because my joy comes from the heavens. God sent you to give me this latrine. For me, it is grace.” – Hargueritte, Haiti

Experiement.com Campaign

For many in developing nations, a toilet is an unaffordable luxury. Adequate sanitation, like safe water, is crucial for proper hygiene and stopping water-related illness. Most of all, it’s a basic human right that gives dignity and privacy. Currently, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to a proper toilet. That’s one in three people who don’t have a clean, private place to go to the bathroom. For these people, a toilet is a symbol of better health, higher income, education, and improved hygiene. Continue Reading…

Earlier this year, Water Missions International strategic partner In Touch Ministries traveled to our Haiti country program to visit our safe water solutions and learn about how we work with communities to bring safe water to those who thirst. While they were there, the In Touch team captured the following footage and crafted it into a video that tells the story of how George and Molly Greene were called to serve others.

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 Honeycutt and the President of Uganda

Jim Honeycutt accepting an award honoring the work of Water Missions International from Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda

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.

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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.

Healthy Latrine™

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/healthylatrine

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.

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