CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - In the time it takes to read this release, six children will have died due to water related disease. Diarrheal illness, caused primarily by contaminated drinking water, is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Today, Water Missions International launches the 3rd annual Water Sunday initiative -- a program that challenges churches throughout the country to dedicate March 23rd, the day after World Water Day, to educating their congregations about the global need for safe water and taking a special offering to respond.
Since 2011, participating churches raised over $200,000 dollars that went to safe water projects worldwide. This year, Water Missions International has set a goal to raise over $150,000 through the Water Sunday initiative.
Access to safe water has proven to be transformational for communities throughout the world, as noted in a 2009 health impact study, conducted by Water Missions International. The study found a dramatic 52% reduction of waterborne illness related clinical visits after the community water treatment system became fully operational.
"By participating in Water Sunday, you're joining a movement of churches dedicated to tangibly sharing the love of Christ by providing life's most basic need -- safe water. Lives are being transformed!" said Water Missions International's Church Engagement Coordinator, Kevin Herr.
To learn more about Water Sunday, please visit http://www.watermissions.org/watersunday.
About Water Missions International
Water Missions International is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Using state-of-the-art technology and engineering expertise, the organization has provided access to safe water for more than 2.4 million people in 49 countries on five continents since 2001. Water Missions International implements customized solutions through a comprehensive community development model in its ten permanent country programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Missions International their top rating seven years in a row, a distinction shared by only two percent of the charities rated by the organization. To learn more about Water Missions International, visit www.watermissions.org.
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