Clean Water Initiative / Water Wells
Through our efforts, we can protect and save lives. Access to safe water has the power to turn time spent into time saved, when it’s close and not hours away. Access to safe water can turn problems into potential: unlocking education, economic potential, and improved health. Every human being deserves to define their own future, and water makes that possible. We’ve transformed more than 4 thousand lives with access to safe water and sanitation, and together we can reach even more people.
Living Water is a Christian Missionary Lead Project that engages the public and private sectors including Universities, corporations, civic groups, churches, foundations and private individuals to bring purified water and the message of Jesus Christ, the only source of “Living Water,” to the poor communities of Roatan, Honduras.
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with approximately 63 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Many of the rural poor work as subsistence farmers, growing only enough food to feed their families and leaving little money for anything else. On the island of Roatan which is part of Honduras, there is no major economy to drive employment and the region is mountainous with little opportunity for
Across the country, more than one million lack access to improved sanitation, and 638,000 lack safe water. Communities on the island face the most challenges, as many people obtain their water from small springs that are unprotected, contaminated and often without water during the dry
season. Financial inclusion data has shown that low-income households in Honduras have limited financial capability and knowledge.
La Colonia is an area of 800 plus homes (over 5,000 people) that are divided into four sections, Belfate, Monte Carlo, Bella Vista, and Policarpo. They live in deplorable conditions similar to that of the Shanty Towns in old America. Until LW4R came to Honduras they only receive water from rainfall and collected the water in whatever way they can find. The water is already contaminated when they receive it. After 2-3 days in the hot humid tropical climate of Roatan, the growth rate of parasites is astronomical. Over 50% of all health problems in the children of the Colonia are due to parasites in their digestive tract. Children die daily due to Malaria and parasites. There is no water to their homes or schools.
Our primary purpose is very simple. We work to see lives changed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our approach to this end is more broad in scope. There is actually a three-fold approach to this end. In the most simple terms, these efforts focus on:
Touching the Lives and Hearts of Roatan
Of course, ministry is obvious. The community of Faith Church is the hub of this activity. Discipling converts, developing leaders, and reaching others are a few of the most basic ways Living Water 4 Roatan has been used by God to transform the lives of people in La Colonia.
Creating Solutions for Future Generations
Sustainability is a vital key element that will propel these efforts far into the future. LW4R strives to establish solutions that can be passed on to the successive generations after us to maintain a healthy, growing and impactful mission that will meet the test of time.
Our humanitarian platform is our water ministry. Meeting physical needs by providing clean water to the people of La Colonia is our inroad to many of the other things we do.