Cordelia Morales lives in El Danto, a Nicaraguan community in Somatillo. Their open well with a rope pump was always broken, and when it didn’t work, they suffered. That's how Living Water International met Cordelia. She told us about their broken well, and we replaced the pump. But the work didn’t stop there. We began to visit again.
Isidra lives in El Danto, a Nicaraguan community where Living Water International works to help equip locals to maintain their own well. Ownership changes everything. Read Isidra's story.
Jesus is the heart of our work in Nicaragua. Maria Davila lives in El Danto, a Nicaraguan community where Living Water International works to empower locals to maintain their own well. Water opens the door to the gospel. Read Maria's story.
Our brother Tommy Head has saved a lot of lives among the Candoshi people in the Peruvian Amazon. But when people in Candoshi villages remember him, they don’t remember water wells. They remember the love Tommy had for them, and the Savior who inspired it.
The strain of walking long distances for water often falls squarely on the shoulders of women. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that in the majority of households, women and children bear the primary responsibility for collecting water, hauling it an average of six kilometers a day. As we celebrate International Women's Day, take time to reflect. Water is a women's issue, but it doesn't have to be.
It's easy to lose hope in Haiti. Our friend Jean Pierre fights the cycle of poverty every day in Terre Noire. Jean Pierre dreams of one day having a better school and a closer hospital. He hopes his four children can become engineers, farmers or doctors. But without first gaining access to a source of safe water, he lives without hope.
In Asephie Pierre's village, Terre Noire, animals defecate in the river where she and her family collect their drinking water. Would you let your family drink water containing animal waste? Mothers like Asephie have no choice in Haiti. No water, no hope—yet!
Imagine believing you would die before your community could drink clean water—burdened by an entire life of suffering. This is the reality for families in Terre Noire, Haiti. Follow their journey for water through this gallery. Then visit water.cc/water.
Thank you for helping us celebrate mothers like Mercilia in Haiti. Now that her community has access to safe water, she can spend more time enjoying her family rather than struggling to provide for their basic needs. Read her story to see the transformation of Mercilia's village.
"I thought I would be dead before this community had clean water," FanFan Lucian said. Now with a new well and the support of local Living Water International staff, FanFan has hope for future generations. Read more about the legacy of hope he—and other mothers and fathers in Haiti—can now pass along.