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…

Ebola Virus Poster | Dolo Town, Liberia

This week, Ebola Fighters were named TIME’s choice for Person of the Year 2014 “for tireless acts of courage and mercy… for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving,” wrote “Person of the Year” author Nancy Gibbs.

And while healthcare workers immediately come to mind as those that are leading the fight against Ebola, there are others, such as the Water Missions International engineers on the ground in Liberia, whose efforts are also contributing to slowing the spread of the deadly disease.

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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…

Honduran girls walking with safe water

Adam Wainwright is perhaps best known in the U.S. for throwing a curve ball with bases loaded in the ninth inning of the 2006 World Series, resulting in a strikeout and a win for the St. Louis Cardinals. But what others around the world will remember more vividly is that he helped to bring their village safe water.

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Brian and WMI Haiti team hike to assess a water source

Brian Graham, one of our Project Engineers based in Charleston, recently returned from spending three months with our staff in Haiti. Before coming to Water Missions International, Brian spent several months with the Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries program in Haiti overseeing water and sanitation projects. During his stay, Brian picked up Creole, providing a smooth transition into the Haitian culture when he arrived mid July.

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