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“Which of these bottles of water is dirty?” asks Jose, the health & hygiene teacher in the rural community of San Pablo in Guatemala, while he holds up three different water bottles. One is visibly dirty, brown water that looks like the water from the river. The children immediately eliminate that bottle saying “of course…

The season of Easter is upon us and with that I’m reminded of God’s promise of Jesus in Isaiah 61:1-3 …that He will come to “proclaim good news to the poor,” to “release from darkness the prisoners” and to “bestow on them a crown of beauty for ashes.” Jesus did this and continues to do this. The…

What does it mean to “treat” water? On the surface it seems simple: “Treated water” is that which has been made safe to drink through some form of processing. This is presumably desirable for human health and global development. Taking a closer look however, the term is quite ambiguous: Does treating water imply putting something into it,…

The large banner hanging over the street was a familiar: “Merry Christmas.” But I was surprised, because I was in a small town in the Dominican Republic – in October! I saw a similar banner a couple weeks later in early November in Nairobi, Kenya. “Merry Christmas” is a greeting and a sentiment being shared…

Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti with a group from 1040.com (If you haven’t checked them out, you should. They’re an excellent example of how a business can contribute to ending the Global Water Crisis.) We were able to visit water projects in the densely populated neighborhoods of Port-Au-Prince as well as…

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…

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…

Every time I visit a new developing water project, I grow increasingly excited about the miraculous transformations that are taking place right in front of me. It seems like with each passing week, I have a new favorite story. This one, however, stands out above them all. Through our partnership with Food for The Hungry, two…

Power outages and lack of running water are a part of life in Santo Domingo, which is more developed compared to the rest of the Dominican Republic. People here know how to continue on with their lives when everything else stops—something that is unthinkable to many Americans. This topic got brought up today while I was…