Tag: Water

The completed well and storage tank provide the community with a consistent and less labor intensive water source. The completed well and storage tank provide the community with a consistent and less labor intensive water source.

Hydration addresses hazards in Burkina Faso

Each day in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 300 million people worry about where they will find clean water. Convoy of Hope is hard at work in places like Burkina Faso, providing sustainable sources of clean water to communities that otherwise would not have access.

Years ago, the people in a small rural community in Burkina Faso dug a well by hand. It was an imperfect solution to the water crisis as animals and insects fell in and contaminated the water. But these weren’t the only issues.

“The big diameter water well is by the school, which is a big hazard as a kid can fall in there,” said Jules Compaore, the National Director of Convoy of Hope Burkina Faso.

Water from the old well (seen above) was susceptible to contamination and a potential safety hazard in the community.

People like Jules helped Convoy of Hope drill a new, safer well to provide clean water. The new well is enclosed, mitigates hazards and contamination, and has a pump for ease of access. It is one of four that Convoy of Hope recently dug in Burkina Faso — each strategically located near the respective community’s school.

In many areas, a lack of safe drinking water is more than a major health concern. This also exacerbates challenges that women and girls face in parts of the world where rights to education, health, and safety are already out of reach.

“Water-related gender norms often deepen vulnerabilities for young girls and women that drastic climate conditions, increasing social tensions, violence against women, and arduous, miles-long treks to wells already magnify,” Fortunate Zondo of Convoy of Hope’s Global Program team said. “The issue of clean water access is a pervasive one that disproportionately impacts the lives of young girls and women even further.”

With reliable access to safe drinking water, the women and girls who would otherwise be tasked with fetching water can spend more time working, learning, playing, and caring for loved ones.

“At last, we have clean water!” a woman exclaimed after she arrived at the well. 

“It will improve their lives,” said Jules, adding that he and several villagers intend to use water from their new well to start a community garden.

Thanks to your generosity, Convoy of Hope is working to provide sustainable access to clean water around the world. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue this work, click here.

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Super Bowl Champion Bradley Pinion Partners With Convoy of Hope for Community Event

Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion teamed up with Convoy of Hope to host a Pro-Series Community Event in Clemson, South Carolina. The event featured free groceries, shoes, socks, haircuts, hygiene kits, hot meals, and NFL-style skills and drills for Guests of Honor to enjoy. 

“I’ve been partnering with Convoy of Hope since my rookie year and am so thankful that I can bring the Convoy Nation Pro-Series Community Event to the Clemson community — where I played college football,” Bradley said. “Any family who needs some help is welcome.”

The event helped meet immediate needs of those in the Clemson community. More than 600 people received help and hope that day.

“Oh mama, look at these shoes!” one child said, beaming with joy. “I’m going to run so fast now!”

Partnerships like Bradley Pinion’s help Convoy of Hope serve communities all around the world.

“Bradley has played a pivotal role in bringing Convoy of Hope to communities throughout his NFL career,” said Kirk Noonan, Vice President of Convoy Nation, a fan base of kindness with Convoy of Hope. “We are thankful for such a friend who is determined to give families help and hope.”

Thank you to our partners and supporters who make events like this possible.

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Convoy of Hope helps provide life-giving water in Kenya

Water is life. But many people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In fact, an estimated 800 million people worldwide lack an adequate water supply. 

Convoy of Hope is passionate about getting water to those whose lives depend on it. Convoy’s work in Kenya is a prime example. Through a long-term relationship with Kenya National Director Bryan Burr, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans have better access to clean water.

“For many of the people we work with, water is not easily accessible,” said Bryan. “They walk long distances to fetch water daily, and this consumes large amounts of their time.” 

Bryan is committed to being a part of the solution. They have lived and worked in Kenya since 1997, and their partnership with Convoy of Hope goes back nearly as long. They’ve been instrumental in helping Convoy drill boreholes, which are similar to wells, that can hold millions of gallons of water. Bryan and his team have two months to capitalize on rainfall: April and October. Collecting rainwater is key to survival for the rest of the year.

“Having water available helps them not only take care of basic needs, but also gives them time to engage in agriculture and other income generating initiatives,” Bryan said.

In addition to the boreholes, Convoy has worked with local, established churches to put up greenhouses in many communities. This helps show Kenyans that they don’t only have to be reliant on cattle for food and they can depend on other sustainable food sources.

“I feel safe saying it’s hundreds of thousands of people impacted,” Bryan said. “The wells we’ve been able to put in, greenhouses, and the dams to help store up water — they are changing lives. Many come to access that water.”

Many members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya rely solely on cattle for food. However, because of very little rainfall, they have to keep their herd sizes small. Thankfully, the quality of the herds’ health is improving through rain collection. Of course, the land is benefiting, too.

“There used to be no grass, no weeds even. And two and a half years later, the ground cover has increased significantly because of the water. Now it’s bushy!” Bryan said. “We are seeing the land restored.”

Like water, hope changes shape from time to time. Both are vital. For people affected by the water crises in Kenya, hope comes in the form of a sustainable water source and is provided as a direct result of support from people like you.

Convoy of Hope will continue to provide help and hope to people in need. To join us in our mission, click here.

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Clean Water Changes Lives: Pastor Rallies Congregation to Support Convoy of Hope

In 2008, after a visit to Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center, Pastor Mike Burnette of LifePoint Church felt prompted to be a part of the solution for people in need. His passion caught on, and eventually, hundreds of his congregants in Clarksville, Tennessee, wanted to give money to buy filtration systems for people in need of clean drinking water.

After partnering with Convoy of Hope, LifePoint Church raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring clean drinking water to people nationwide and abroad. This small sacrifice is paying big dividends personally, and for the masses.

“I feel like one of my jobs is to put vision in front of our congregation,” said Pastor Mike Burnette.

 

A water filtration station is set up in the church’s atrium to demonstrate to everyone walking by how the system works.

“It’s a great need in our world,” he said. “Ron [from Convoy of Hope] told me that it’s $25 to provide a water filter for a family, and it could change their health and their life forever. I thought, that is one of the most practical, tangible ways we could jump into the mission of God and make a difference.”

Pastor Mike challenged his congregation to forfeit either fast food or drinks for 21 days and use that money to pay it forward. Not only did this change the lives of people in need of clean water, but it also changed the lives of those with plenty.

“We had a business owner. He had seen his money going to other things … but through this giving initiative, all of a sudden he saw not only his own finances, but his business as an avenue through which they could give generously,” Burnette said.

This business owner maintains 18 oil change centers. He reached out to each of the branches within the company and decided to create a goal of $25,000 — equal to 1,000 water filters. His overall aim is to write a check for $100,000 out of his company.

“It’s the first time he’s ever done anything like that where he didn’t see his money as a revenue stream just to bless him,” Pastor Mike said. “He sees it as an opportunity to engage all of his staff, all of his team members, and his company as an opportunity to make a difference.”

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Clean Water & Pervasive Hope Flow Freely in El Salvador

Health, hope, and safe drinking water are closely linked. That’s why Convoy of Hope has partnered with companies like LifeStraw to provide help to people without a source to clean water.

After Tropical Storm Amanda struck El Salvador in June of 2020, many communities watched flood waters rise and limit their access to clean drinking water. Everyone affected by the storm found themselves at much greater risk for water-borne illnesses.

To address this need, LifeStraw donated LifeStraw Community units for our team in El Salvador to distribute to those affected by water insecurity. Many of the communities who received filtration units lived with an ever-present fear of parasitic infections and kidney failure.

The LifeStraw Community units are designed to remove 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoan parasites by filtering 25 liters of water at a time. The units use gravity filtration to mitigate the need for running water or an external power source and can safely filter enough water for 100 people a day for up to five years.

When communities receive hope like this, they have more than just their immediate needs met. One community continued to spread hope by sharing clean water with others who were still in need.

Water is a daily necessity that sustains in the present; hope is a necessity for a brighter future. Together, they are life-changing. Thanks to our partners and supporters, Convoy of Hope has been changing the stories of people who lack access to water and new opportunities.

To learn more about World Water Day and what water means to communities around the world, click here. For more information about LifeStraw, click here.

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