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Clean Water Projects: A Reflection from Our Director of Field Operations

We want to share with you a reflection from Walter Nonemaker, Director of Field Operations and Lead Engineer, on his last 9 years working with Healing Waters. Walter started his work as the Maintenance and Technology Manager at our field office in Guatemala and then become our Country Operations Manager. He reflects on his experiences…

Lesson by Lesson

In the community of Chiapas Solidario, a woman named Lesbia became a teacher in Healing Waters’ Health and Hygiene Program for children in the community. After she began teaching classes at the local church, she soon realized that many of the children were not attending. Lesbia decided to take the program into the community, going…

Change for a Change

Jennifer Wyffels a teacher of 12 years at Geneso High School, started teaching about the global water crisis four years ago in her Spanish 3 and 4 classes. Her goal was not only to teach a new language but through the readings of the assigned textbook she decided to make her students aware of the…

A Story of Hope and Impact

In a small, remote community in Guatemala, twelve-year-old Theresa lives among her relatives and neighbors in Barrio Nevago, an indigenous community. Barrio Nevago has historically had little interaction with the local church and an aversion to Christian beliefs. Instead of engaging with the church, the people here often practice rituals to the founder of their…

Is safe water a bigger global threat than climate change?

THIS JUST IN: CBS NEWS SAYS THAT UNSAFE DRINKING WATER POSES THE GREATEST AND MOST IMMEDIATE GLOBAL THREAT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE.   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says that unsafe drinking water — not climate change — poses the greatest and most immediate global threat to the environment. In his first…

What We Can Learn from St. Patrick

I used to really, genuinely dislike St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t get it. We all have to wear green or people will go around pinching us, I went to a St. Patrick’s Day party once and it was awful, and I just didn’t understand the appeal because it seemed like such a lame holiday to me.…

World Water Day

According to the United Nations, “No other single intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global poverty than the provision of safe water.” By now, most of us are aware of the Global Water Crisis- a crisis that is affecting over 1.8 billion people in the world and causing a child to die…

How We Respond When Disaster Strikes

Healing Waters International was never designed to be a disaster relief organization. Rather, we focus on long-term, sustainable solutions that transform life on several levels for communities. One of our core values is that we strive to serve 1,000 people for 10 years instead of 10,000 people for one year then fail. We believe that…

Love and Lament: Happy Valentine’s Day from HWI

There are many definitions and renditions of love. Some would say it is an intense feeling of deep affection. One quote I found said, “love ISN’T when you hate saying goodbye. Love IS when you see “goodbye” as the possibility of saying “hello” all over again. Love DOESN’T cover their flaws, love DOES show their flaws for…