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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Image of Denton Program Cargo Plane Taking Off

It’s a surprisingly cool and breezy morning at Water Missions International as the staff’s morning devotional takes a different turn. Informed of an impending shipment about to depart, dozens of staff and volunteers walk into the warehouse, join hands, and pray over the water treatment systems headed to various villages in Honduras. This is an ordinary procedure for our shipments overseas, yet this was not a normal shipment. This shipment was being taken to the Charleston Air Force Base to fly out on a military plane at no cost through the Denton Program.

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Update from the Philippines

Tara Jones —  October 8, 2014

Estancia National High School students have safe water after Typhoon HaiyanTyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) tore through the central Philippines nearly a year ago, destroying infrastructure, displacing families, and leaving school children without classrooms and often without hope.

As the anniversary of the storm approaches, the 3500 students at Estancia National High School located in the Albay province are able to once again focus on their education, thanks to the availability of safe drinking water provided through Water Missions International. Not only do the students benefit from clean water, they also allow the community on the premises each day once classes end to retrieve water for their families.

Dr. Gerry J. Tinson, principal of the school, leads this effort, explaining: “By providing safe and clean water to every student and citizen in this community… with God’s guidance and provisions… WMI [is] being a channel of blessing to others.”

Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit sign

09.24.2014 | Last Day in Liberia

With things at Dolo up and running and the plumbers installing chlorinators at ELWA, we finally felt confident leaving those projects alone for the day and venturing to do some additional assessments. The first of these took place today at the Island Clinic, on the north side of Monrovia. Evidently our guides had not called ahead to alert the proper personnel that we were coming because, at the gate of the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit), we had to introduce ourselves and our purpose at least five different times before finally being allowed entrance.

We were advised by Dr. Deal prior to leaving the States that, under no circumstances, should we have to enter any of the ETU’s. However, the well that this particular facility depended on lay exactly in the center of what the clinic administration referred to as the ‘red zone’. We were escorted up onto the roof of the 4 story hospital, only one floor of which is housing patients and that only since Sunday. This allowed us access to the water tanks which were filling and used for washing and disinfecting.

From there we had a breathtaking view of the ocean and a little harbor framed by small village houses. It would have been the perfect tropical scene were it not for the trauma that also invaded our field of vision. From our vantage point, we also had full view into the Ebola ward and could see children and adults lying in a strewn about manner. As we watched, a red SUV pulled up and Liberian Red Cross workers proceeded to pull the lifeless body of a man out of the backseat and wrap him up. The war is very much still raging.

The design at Island Clinic was very encouraging though as accommodations were made in the design for adding different potency levels of chlorine to kill virus and disease. There is still much talk on the local radio and on the street of people who have not yet accepted the fact that Ebola is real. A million rumors have been circulated that the death and sickness is actually a government conspiracy or perhaps a curse from God. The fact that the hospitals are treating the disease with due respect and that people are bringing their sick loved ones in demonstrates that the tide is turning in educating the people of Monrovia and dispelling the lies.

Please pray that those in the outlying towns and far distant villages would also believe and that, by faith and deed, health will be restored.

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