Tag: Water

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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Water

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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Disaster Services / Partner Spotlight

After Years of drought, Kenyan Villages have Clean Water

The music was blaring, people were singing and dancing, and smiles were abundant. It was a fitting celebration for this Kenyan village, which for the first time in years, has a source of clean water.

Throughout Kenya, similar celebrations ensued where Convoy of Hope drilled boreholes — similar to wells — and installed systems that hold up to 6 million gallons of water. For many, these celebrations mark the end of a dark era, one that began in 2016 during severe drought.

“The cycle of drought in Kenya has been getting tighter and tighter through the years,” Chris Dudley, Convoy of Hope’s Stabilization & Humanitarian Intervention Director, said. “Drought used to happen once every 10 or 15 years, but now it’s happening every few years.”

In recent years, Kenyan families have watched their cattle wither away. For these people, lack of water meant no irrigation, no viability for livestock, and no way to provide for their families.

“Shortly after [one catchment system] was built, there were several days of rain that almost filled it,” Chris said. “This water was used for several months to help keep livestock alive and to irrigate small farms. For many pastoralist communities, their livestock is their currency, so helping keep [them] alive is huge.”

Like water, hope changes shape from time to time. Both are vital. For people affected by the drought 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.

While this crisis persists, we will continue to provide help and hope to people in need. To join us in our mission, click here.

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Agriculture / Field Story
Distributing water is a vital part of what Convoy of Hope does during times of disaster. Distributing water is a vital part of what Convoy of Hope does during times of disaster.

Prolonged Drought Launches Puerto Rico’s Need for Water

A prolonged drought in Puerto Rico has created severe water shortages for residents. Due to strict rationing, many are without regular running water. The situation was recently declared a state of emergency by Wanda Vázquez, the island’s governor.

Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team has initiated a response in Puerto Rico. Containers full of water are shipping to the island, where our staff will distribute the product and get cases of water to families in need. Convoy of Hope’s team in Puerto Rico has been extremely active in recent months after several earthquakes caused millions of dollars in damage.

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