HPPC partners with Living Water International by fundraising and participating in mission trips in Central America to drill and repair wells.
LWI helps communities create sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene, and provides a Christian witness in partnership with local churches. Because the water crisis affects poverty, women, health and education—and it is a spiritual matter.
783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water—that's 1 in 9 of us. In the places we work, it's more like 1 in 2. Great progress is being made globally, but whole people groups are being overlooked—it's the poorest people with the least political power that continue to suffer, and these are the people we are called to serve.
- Water & Women. Many women spend 20 hours per week collecting water, some walking 7 miles a day, often for contaminated water. Too often the walk is not safe for them physically. It is women and the children they raise who suffer most without water, and who benefit most from access to it.
- Water & Health. Water-related diseases cause 2.2 million deaths a year; every day, diarrhea takes the lives of 2,000 children in Africa—more than any other single cause of death. Safe water, a toilet, and clean hands could prevent 90% of these deaths.
- Water & Education. Globally, water-related diseases steal 443 million school days a year. Roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm stunt growth, cause debilitating anemia, and follow kids into the classroom, shrinking cognitive potential. Illness causes absenteeism and early dropouts. Simple solutions can keep kids in school.
- Water & the Gospel. There's hope. In the past 20 years 2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water—but that's not the best story we have to tell. For us water is a picture of living water—the good news that God wants to transform people, communities, and the whole world through the person of Jesus Christ.
"It was exciting to see the process of the well being drilled and getting dirty while helping to do it. We taught personal hygiene, and shared the gospel with the villagers. We had a very meaningful dedication ceremony celebrating the new water well and all the locals were gathered together with the local pastor and leaders praising the Lord. It was a beautiful time." - Annette Vaughn (trip participant)
Here are some ways you can be involved with Living Water International:
- Pray for the clean water crisis in the world today
- Visit Living Water to learn more about the clean water crisis
Give to Living Water International
- Aug. 20–27, 2016: Guatemala, Living Water Well Drill and Hygiene Classes
- Sept. 24–Oct. 1, 2016: Guatemala, Living Water Well Drill and Hygiene Classes
For more information about Living Water, contact Judi Wheeler, Director of World Missions at 214-525-4237.