Clean Water Ministry Team
The FPC Clean Water Ministry Team serves third-world communities where clean water is desperately needed. Together with our local partners, we build sustainable water filtration systems and teach health, hygiene and spirituality so that lives are changed. We are committed to nurture strong relationships with our partner communities to build trust, provide hope and encouragement and exemplify what Jesus calls us to do and be as children of God in the world. John 21:14 “Tend my sheep.”
The FPC Clean Water Ministry Team is partnering with communities in Haiti and Nicaragua who we teach to install and maintain filtration systems. FPC teams have completed five installations since the mission project was initiated in 2010. Sustainability is the key distinction for
this ministry and why it is so successful. In fact, compared to other clean water non-profits, Living Waters for the World (LWW) has a 90% success rate. This means that 90% of the LWW systems that have been established in the world are still operational - many are over 15 years old. Local communities learn how to set up their own water filtration systems that they will own and operate, like a micro business.
Ministry Team Vision
Clean Water Ministry Team is an ongoing adult international mission effort of FPC with congregational and pastoral awareness and support with a commitment to:
- Continue developing a network of clean water systems and related education in the community of Bluefields, Nicaragua and other east coast communities, positively impacting the life of our FPC partners in Christ.
- Bringing clean water systems powered by solar energy, and related education to churches, schools, orphanages and health clinics in Haiti that are focused on alleviating the cholera epidemic and providing clean water to their community.
The most precious natural resource on earth isn’t gold or oil. It’s clean water. Water is a fundamental human need. Each person on earth requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking and simply keeping themselves clean.
More than a billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, and four out of every five live in the rural areas of the developing world. Polluted water isn’t just dirty – it’s deadly. Each year, 3.5 million people die from treatable, water-related illness, and 84% are children. Tens of millions of others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments – many of which are easily preventable.
One child dies every 15 seconds because of a water-related disease. 1.8 million children die from diarrhea every year, more than armed conflict and terrorism combined. Water is the major health issue of our world.
At any given time, patients suffering from a water-related disease occupy half of the world’s hospital beds. Unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene cause nearly 90% of all diseases in the world, and claim the lives of 5,000 children under the age of five every day.
Water-related diseases cause children to miss 443 million school days per year. More than 150 million school age children are infested with waterborne parasites like roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm, which result in anemia; stunted growth damaged cognitive potential, and high absenteeism.
Women and children in developing countries commonly spend 15-20 hours per week collecting water. Over 40 billion hours of labor are wasted each year just hauling water. This loss of potentially productive work hours or school hours is known as “time poverty."
No single factor transforms communities, more than clean water. Every $1 invested in clean water generates on the average an $8 return in the form of saved time, increased productivity, and reduced health costs. Clean water transforms communities.
Our Clean Water team members Bill Slaughter and Steve Sigel, along with a group from Texas, recently supervised construction of a new water filtration system for Kukra Hill, Nicaragua. Here's a slideshow about their work.