Safe water has the capacity to bring enormous economic change to communities. It can free people from the costly expense of medical treatments for waterborne illness. Often, we work with communities who’ve been spending their hard-earned money on costly bottled water. They know that the water coming out of their wells is unsafe, but they cannot afford to use bottled water for all of their daily needs. Without affordable safe water, they have no way to truly break free of the cycle of illness perpetuated by unsafe water.

Financial Sustainability Meeting

The safe water committee is responsible for maintaining the project’s financial sustainability.

On Rote Island, Indonesia, Water Missions International safe water solutions are making safe water affordable at last. In the early stages of every water project, a community agrees on an affordable price for safe water that everyone will pay. The funds go into a savings account for long-term maintenance of the safe water solution. Now, in communities like Loundalusi, safe water is available at a reasonable price. Continue Reading…

A month ago I traveled to Honduras to capture the stories of various communities. We visited five projects: spending time with the staff, meeting people, and staying the night in one of the rural communities. The joy and gratitude of the people were inspirational as they showed a lot of pride in their water projects and shared the impact in their families’ lives.

Safe Water Solution

A Safe Water Operator with her community’s safe water solution

Many communities in Honduras have taps to their homes, faucets where they can get water. But when you follow the faucet to its source, the water comes straight from the river, never going through any kind of treatment. While often clear, it’s very contaminated. Continue Reading…

Water Missions International started with invention. When our founders, George and Molly Greene, couldn’t find an affordable water treatment system to send to Honduras to help with disaster response efforts following Hurricane Mitch, they built their own. Ever since, we’ve focused on building our own solutions to solve the global water crisis.

Our experience has taught us that not every solution works for all problems. The type of water treatment that bests suits a community in Honduras probably won’t be identical to what works best in Indonesia or Uganda. For this reason, we customize each project.

Safe Water Collection

A child collects safe water from a chlorinator

A Water Missions International team will go into a community and perform an assessment. Our engineers look at the community’s water needs, geography, and economy, among other things. They’ll design a solution to the community’s lack of safe water. If there isn’t a viable water source in the community, such as a river or lake, our team will work with the community to drill boreholes to serve as the main water source. If such a source already exists, our team will perform tests to determine what level of filtration and treatment will be required. Continue Reading…

Since the outbreak of cholera in 2010, nearly everyone you speak to in Haiti knows someone who has contracted the deadly illness. At the Haiti Evangelical Christian Mission church, they listed out the names when asked. “Mrs. Elien and her son both were in hospital with cholera,” the pastor began. “Rosemarie and her two sons had cholera. Ms. Maude’s father died in the hospital with cholera…”

The list went on and on. “We still have cholera in the community and if we count only the people we know, at least 25 have died from this terrible disease,” said Pastor Saint-Clair Destine. “We live with a constant fear of what may happen to us and our children and elderly because we do not have good water to use for our needs.”

Collecting Unsafe Water

Children used to collect unsafe water from handpumps like this one near the church.

When Pastor Destine first reached out to Water Missions International asking for help for his community, this fear of cholera permeated the remote community. The local clinic was powerless to help those sick without safe water to give patients to drink, and the community didn’t fully understand the threat of cholera that hung over them. Continue Reading…

Becoming Excellent

Lauren McCarter —  July 10, 2014

It’s been a year since the community of Brisas del Monga, Honduras celebrated the commissioning of their safe water solution, which has given safe water access to roughly 500 people. Community members are still celebrating the gift of safe water and the impact it has had on their community.

Safe water in Honduras

Community members can pick up safe water to meet all their daily water needs from a central distribution point.

“Many people are happy in our community because now we’re drinking safe water,” a community member, Emilio, said. He explained how now, with safe water access, the people of Brisas del Monga are more aware of the dangers of unsafe water. “Now we don’t drink raw water from the faucet because only water from the system is safe water.” The community of Brisas del Monga trusts the water from their safe water solution, especially after they received outside assurance that it was free of disease. “The health department came and did a water sample test,” Emilio recalled. “The result was 100% safe water.” Continue Reading…

Imagine being sick and going to a hospital to get better, only to contract water-related illness from a glass of water that your nurse hands you to take with your medication. A situation like this is unthinkable in the USA. Hospitals are a place of healing, not the place where you could get worse. But for the patients and staff of Kapiri Mission Hospital, this was their risky reality.

“The water situation used to be pathetic,” Dr. Sister Kanguade, the director of the hospital, lamented. “One time Health Surveillance Assistants took some water samples from our hospital taps to test at a government laboratory. The water tests showed bacteria. We doubted the results, because we have been drinking the same water for years but lived.”

Safe water tapstand

Now the staff’s family member can collect safe water from tapstands at the hospital.

A group of Rotarians had been working with the hospital, donating desperately needed wheel chairs. While visiting the hospital, the Rotarians immediately realized the dire water situation Kapiri Mission Hospital faced and reached out to Water Missions International’s office in Malawi. Continue Reading…

Water Missions 101

Anna Nodtvedt —  July 3, 2014

A lot has happened over the last year at Water Missions International, especially on this blog. We wanted to take the time to round up a few posts for you. These posts break down different facets of who we are and what we do.

1. Our Most Frequently Asked Question: “So do you guys do wells?”

More often than not, the first question people ask when we tell them about our work has something to do with wells. In fact, it seems there is a widely held assumption that a protected well fit with a sturdy hand pump is the most effective (or at least the most feasible) water supply solution for rural communities around the world. This is often the concept we see advertised or expressed by aid agencies. Developing world? No water? They need a well… Click here to read more

2. How Community Water Partnerships Work Continue Reading…

This afternoon Water Missions International was privileged to host Texas Governor Rick Perry for a roundtable discussion with local Charleston, S.C. non-profit leaders.

“We are honored that Gov. Perry will be taking a tour of WMI headquarters to learn more about our work toward addressing the global water crisis, ” said Water Missions International CEO and Co-Founder, George C. Greene III yesterday when announcing the event. “WMI, one of the world’s leading resources for safe water and sanitation solutions, is grateful for the opportunity to share our approach with leaders such as Gov. Perry.”

Perry & Greene

Gov. Perry at Water Missions International’s headquarters with founder George Greene III

During his time at WMI headquarters, Gov. Perry had the opportunity to tour the facility and meet with staff and volunteers. He listened intently as founders George and Molly Greene explained the how they founded their organization and how they provide those in need with safe water access. Continue Reading…

It’s been seven months since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines and Water Missions International launched disaster response efforts to bring safe water to those who lost everything in the powerful storm. Earlier this year, we shared a thank you letter from Betsy, whose community received a Living Water™ Treatment System.

“Water Missions International came and brought the most important/biggest gift we’ve received, ever,” Betsy wrote. “It was by then that, little by little, people came to understand that there is always this divine intervention.”

Betsy

Betsy, and the rest of her community, were overjoyed to receive a safe water access after Typhoon Haiyan.

A few days ago we heard back from Betsy with an update on how her community of 5,000 people is doing. She shared that her community is recovering well, and that they’re building an enclosure to protect what was meant to be a temporary solution to their problem.

“Our building is just a small one, just enough to protect the system from the sun and dirt,” she wrote us. “This is courtesy of our governor, who was so overwhelmed by this gift.”

Betsy’s community, like so many others, hopes to keep their disaster response systems running while they continue to rebuild their lives, but these systems aren’t always adequate for their long-term needs. Although the storm has passed in the Philippines, we want to continue to work with communities like Betsy’s and help make safe water access a permanent reality rather than a temporary solution.

Disaster Response Typhoon Haiyan

Water Missions International is committed to staying and helping with recovery efforts as long as we’re needed.

In Haiti, following disaster response efforts for the 2010 earthquake, Water Missions International has been working to transition disaster response systems into permanent installations—projects that run on solar power with the capability of meeting greater water needs. This is our hope for every crisis we responded to, from cholera outbreaks to natural disasters. We want to work to meet a community’s need for safe water permanently, and transform their lives forever.

 

Quenching The Thirst

Lauren McCarter —  June 24, 2014

Everyone, no matter their situation or circumstance, has the power to make a difference in another person’s life. Water Missions International is honored to have a group of supporters, called Thirst Quenchers, who give every month to help transform the lives of others with the gift of safe water.

As part of our Thirst Quencher program, these passionate individuals make a monthly donation to support our work. Their regular giving ensures a steady flow of safe water for those who thirst.

As a benefit, our Thirst Quenchers get the inside scoop on what’s happening here at Water Missions International. In addition to a special quarterly e-newsletter, they get access to breaking news, first look at new videos, and a yearly photo calendar.

Sign up today to join our Thirst Quencher program by clicking here. You can help us transform lives around the world with your monthly gift. Your monthly gift is their daily celebration!