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The Easiest Part of Your Christmas Season

In Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas, Mexico, the children who attend the local school enjoy a luxury that is quite uncommon in the region—a “flush” toilet. These children would fill up a bucket with dirty water, dump the bucket in the toilet, and flush it. The problem was that they were also drinking the water directly from…

Water Usage

According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home, with roughly 70 percent of this use occurring indoors. Most of the usage happens during activities that we’ve grown accustomed to in the United States like showering twice a day, making coffee, and watering our plants.…

When Clean Water Comes to a Refugee Community

San Ramon is a rural community located in south-central Guatemala. Home to about 100 families, San Ramon became a safe place for refugees to settle as they were fleeing violence from the Guatemalan Civil War during the early 1990s. These types of communities are common in this region of Guatemala and are comprised of individuals…

What the Situation in Puerto Rico Has Taught Me

2017 has been a year riddled with natural disasters that have hit very close to home. As we enter the last few months of this year, months that are filled with so much fun and festivity, I can’t help but think of all the people who won’t be heading into the holiday season with the…

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A large part of my role at Healing Waters International is staying up-to-date with trends in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Sector and how global efforts are impacting the Global Water Crisis. It’s important for me to keep my eye on reports from international organizations like the World Health Organization and UN Water. I wouldn’t…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Health and Hygiene Education is a major part of our holistic WASH model. Not only is it a great outreach tool for our project partners, but it truly does have an impact on the health and vitality of attendees. Community members are often introduced to information that has never been shared with them—truths that change…

Mexico Earthquake & Hurricane Irma Impact on Healing Waters

Dear friends of Healing Waters International, Hurricane Irma and the earthquake off the coast of southern Mexico occurred near where Healing Waters International has ongoing water project operations and local in-country staff and offices. Hurricane Irma passed by the northern coasts of both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We’re thankful that all of our country staff and…

True Community Leadership

Can young people really change their communities? Can they spur on generational change to impact their country, their world? Absolutely! Two months ago 15 teenagers in the small community of Loma Bonita, nestled in the outskirts of Tuxtla, Chiapas, Mexico, did something that had never been done in their community. With the support of their…

Success Rates

Clean water projects around the world don’t always have the most appealing success rates. The numbers vary but USAID has stated the number can be as high as 50%—meaning only half of the water projects around the world stay in operation after 5 years. There are so many factors that can play into the closure…