Clean Water

Claris shines

Claris shines | World Vision Blog

6-year-old Claris (right) in Zambia shines now that she has clean water! (Photo: 2014 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

When World Vision staff writer Kari Costanza met 6-year-old Claris in Zambia last August, she met a very sad, tired little girl. Her weary mother told Kari, "She has to fetch water. She's a girl."

But just last Wednesday, Claris's community received the miracle of clean water for the first time — and Claris began to shine! See her now…

One-millionth person reached with clean water

One-millionth person reached with clean water | World Vision Blog

Ten-year-old Fridah is the one-millionth person to receive clean water through World Vision’s programs this year! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Celebrate with us today as we mark the one-millionth person to receive clean water through our water programs this year!

We're also announcing a new partnership to provide communities with solar-powered water pumps to help provide sustained water supply in developing communities!

Running for life

Running for life | World Vision Blog

Tammy Kasal after running the Monster half-marathon.

Every day, our amazing supporters – like Lopez Lomong, Daniel Bauer, and Kristy Everard – overcome their own challenges to help people in need around the world by running for Team World Vision.

Today, read about our fourth and final runner, Tammy Kasal, and how she overcame her "fear of failure and desire to control my life" and said "Yes" to God's call!

A God-sized goal

A God-sized goal | World Vision Blog

Kristy Everard (back row) with Team World Vision runners.

This month, we're honoring Team World Vision runners and the challenges they have faced and overcome. You can read Olympian Lopez Lomong's story here and Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer's story here.

Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions | World Vision Blog

Eugene Cho visiting water projects in Kenya. (Photo: One Day's Wages/World Concern)

Pastor, speaker, and author Eugene Cho's parents grew up in extreme poverty in Korea. In this video interview, he describes the "not with hand-outs but with hand-ups" approach that gave them respect and dignity.

World Vision approaches community development in this way, working toward significant and lasting change in communities around the world. In an excerpt from Eugene's new book Overrated, he describes how these solutions work best for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Faith that stretches

Faith that stretches | World Vision Blog

Team World Vision runner and teacher, Daniel Bauer, with some of his students.

Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer is a runner with Team World Vision, and leads his own team of student runners to raise money for clean water in Africa: "I know that God loves the poor and loves kids. Our marathon team is the perfect fusion of God’s love."

Read about the challenges these kids have faced and overcome in order to help other kids around the world!

The longevity of World Vision water wells

The longevity of World Vision water wells | World Vision Blog

Released today, a new scientific study by the UNC Water Institute shows that World Vision water wells continue to flow for decades. But not because the wells function better. They keep flowing for so much longer than usual because World Vision teaches the people who need that water how to repair broken wells!

Read more about the study and see these programs in practice first-hand.

Better lives for a village through clean water

Better lives for a village through clean water | World Vision Blog

Ningsih, 12, fetches clean water from her village's new water tank. (Photo: ©2014 Rena Tanjung/World Vision)

12-year-old Ningsih rarely took a bath, not because she was lazy, but because it was a tedious uphill trek to the closest water source on her Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Now she can bathe whenever she wants because World Vision has brought clean water to her village!

Clean water transforms lives of future generations

Clean water transforms lives of future generations | World Vision Blog

Children from Lampang village in Thailand having fun filling water bottles. (Photo: 2014 Somluck Khamsaen/World Vision)

“The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children."

Read how clean water is transforming the lives of an entire community in Thailand!

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret | World Vision Blog

Hand washing is an important part of World Vision's sanitation education programs. (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

When World Vision provides a community with clean water, the impact of that water reaches much farther than the water the people drink. Latrines (sanitation) and proper hygiene (hand washing) are also crucial components of our holistic approach to community development.

Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's recent visit to Zambia, where hygiene and sanitation are transforming the health and well-being of communities!

Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water

Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water | World Vision Blog

To fully understand the impact of World Vision reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water.

Today we visit a community in Zambia … and see what makes them dance with joy!

Water for Mutchenda

Water for Mutchenda | World Vision Blog

A borehole being drilled — the 13th so far in Mutchenda. This World Vision community intervention will provide people with a convenient, reliable, and safe water source. (©2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Happening now: As World Vision child sponsorship gets started in our new Mutchenda community in Malawi, our rigs are already drilling boreholes to provide access to clean water!

Read how access to clean water can transform a community, and how you can help advocate for clean water.

The ripple effect of water in Mali

The ripple effect of water in Mali | World Vision Blog

Water changes everything. (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Water changes everything, and access to clean water creates a ripple effect of positive impact across whole communities.

Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's latest trip to Mali, where World Vision Mali's water team just provided their 1,000th water well since 2003!

Clean water changes everything

Clean water changes everything | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Emmanuel celebrates the eruption of water from a newly-drilled water well in Ghana. (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Emmanuel, 20, sponsored through World Vision, says that clean water changes everything.

Read how World Vision's water and sanitation programs in Ghana have transformed Emmanuel's community ... and how they are the cause of new celebrations!

Dirty water: More deadly than war

Dirty water: More deadly than war | World Vision

An Afghan girl collects water. (©2012 Narges Ghafary/World Vision)

More than 16 times as many children die from diarrhea caused by dirty water in Afghanistan as the total number of civilians killed in war.

Today is World Water Day. Read how World Vision is helping to bring clean water to villages in Afghanistan — and what you can do to help bring clean water to the world!

Celebrating 1 billion liters of clean water

Celebrating 1 billion liters of clean water | World Vision Blog

From left: Allison Tummon Kamphuis of P&G; Sakira Ahmed and Failu, the family who received the 1 billionth liter of clean water; and World Vision’s Dr. Greg Allgood. (Photo: World Vision)

Saturday is World Water Day!

Today, Dr. Greg Allgood, vice president for World Vision water, writes about the miracles he's experienced along his journey with World Vision and P&G to provide 1 billion liters of clean drinking water. To mark this milestone, he announces new plans for the future of our work.

Child sponsorship provides lifesaving sanitation and clean water

Child sponsorship provides lifesaving sanitation and clean water | World Vision Blog

“I am happy with my new latrine; I can use it every time that I want and no need to go round the village as before,” says sponsored child Soun, 10, in Laos. (Photo: 2013 World Vision)

Soun's village of 100 in Laos used to lose 3 or 4 people per year due to dirty water, including her infant brother.

See how World Vision's holistic child sponsorship program brought clean water, sanitation, education, and more to her village!

The miracle borehole

The miracle borehole | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Munsanje pumps water. (Photo: ©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Water is precious in Zambia. In the Twachiyanda region, World Vision drilled for water four times without luck. In 2012, we tried a fifth time.

Read – and watch the video – of how prayer changed the outcome ... and an entire community!

Health and happiness through clean water

Health and happiness through clean water | World Vision Blog

A new World Vision deep well brings health and happiness to the children of this village in Afghanistan. (©2013 Narges Ghafary/World Vision)

Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Afghanistan, with more than 40 percent of child deaths caused by diarrhea and acute respiratory infection. Clean water can prevent these illnesses. See how a World Vision deep well is changing life in young mother Maryam's village.