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simple act of kindness ; man carrying water

The name “Healing Waters” came from the very first project we ever did in the community of La Victoria, Dominican Republic in 2002. Our founders partnered with the local protestant church to provide a tangible tool of safe water to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their community. How a Simple Act of Kindness Changed…

You know, the day after Christmas is probably my least favorite day of the year. Especially as a kid, I really disliked it and dreaded it. The reason I disliked it so much was probably because all the joy, excitement, and expectation that filled the months preceding the holidays were gone. As a child, I vividly…

“I am thankful for so many things because God is so good and it is hard to narrow it down to one or two things that I am thankful for. But for this time specifically, I am thankful for family and friends and for our Healing Waters staff. Because we committed to praying for one…

The morning started like any other. She woke up, slipped on her sandals, grabbed her bucket and headed for the little pond. At six years old, this was already one of her daily chores. She collected water each day to provide drinking and bathing water for her family. She went to dip her bucket into…

This summer, I joined a 20s small group with the church I was going to. I had literally lived in Denver for a week, and I knocked on the door of a stranger’s house to meet over 25 people around my age. . .who were also complete strangers. Needless to say, I was absolutely terrified…

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…

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…

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…