They are a team of builders. As engineers, marketers, implementers, fundraisers, volunteers and donors, each of them is building an important piece of a solution that lasts. Each engineering plan, pipe fitting, and installation is a piece of a solution that God is using to place communities around the world back to where He intended them to be. They believe they are following His blueprint. God never intended for some to have safe water and others to suffer. So each of their actions—in partnership with yours—adds up to lives saved.
In 1998, their founders, Molly and George Greene, were operating an environmental engineering company in Charleston, South Carolina when they heard about the devastation in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch. After receiving a request for multiple water treatment systems in Honduras, and being unable to find existing systems that would work, George and his team of engineers took action to build such a system – and thus the idea for Water Missions International was born.
When the Greene’s arrived in Honduras, they were shocked by what they found. The river that flowed through a nearby village was the color of chocolate milk, deep brown with toxins, bacteria and hopelessness. The residents of the village referred to it as the “River of Death” – no one survived once they drank from that river. As one of the newly built water systems became operational, the local villagers were still terrified to drink any water from the river – whether it was clear or not. So Molly and George placed their own lips to the hose and drank the newly purified water. With that action, Molly and George bridged the final gap and the villagers swarmed forward to drink the water.
In the aftermath of their Honduras trip, Molly and George discovered the sad truth about the global water crisis – that billions are forced to drink dirty water every day. In 2001, the Greenes took action to combat this reality and founded Water Mission.
They are a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions, through a Christian world view perspective, to people in developing countries and disasters. They approach all their work with a sense of urgency and a commitment to excellence. Their faith and their belief in the sanctity of life compel them to develop and implement the best technologies and community development programs so that, through their work, God will be honored and glorified and lives will be transformed for eternity. Water Mission serves all people regardless of age, gender, race or faith.
That all people have safe water and an opportunity to experience God’s love.
To honor God by developing, implementing, and sharing best-in-class safe water solutions that transform as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible.
How They Work
They believe that the global water crisis can be solved and they take a comprehensive approach to combating the crisis with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions. They design customized solutions for each community they serve and they partner with the recipients throughout the process. A successful project results in more time for work and education, improved health, and increased productivity for the community.
When They Work
They provide solutions for those who live in communities around the world that lack safe water and sanitation and those who are suffering as a result of a disaster or emergency situation.
Where They Work
They have provided safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions in more than 50 countries and have over 250 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs.
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