Living Water International has been partnering with Asociación Agua Viva in El Salvador since 1999. Since that time, we have focused on forming strong connections with communities, churches and local governments. Our focus is to bring safe water, improved methods of hygiene and sanitation, and share the love Jesus Christ to thirsty to communities. Our work in the WASH (Water Access, Hygiene and Sanitation) sector alongside our commitment of integral mission has allowed us to create a long-term and transformative impact on the regions of Sonsonate, La Paz and Santa Ana.
At Living Water International, we believe that God is calling the Church to respond to the needs of the thirsty. During our 2019-2021 program plan in El Salvador, we will continue to develop WASH operations in Sonsonate, La Paz, and Santa Ana. In this time, we will be actively involved with communities and churches to implement integral mission. Our staff will continue to dedicate their time, energy and talents to demonstrating the gospel of Jesus Christ while serving rural communities that lack access to safe water and improved hygiene practices. We aim to further mobilize communities and strengthen local churches to ensure that access to safe water remains and the people continue to flourish from its benefits.
To improve physical health, people must practice healthy habits that must be sustained over time. This begins by learning what healthy habits are and by having a supporting environment that will maintain those habits. As communities gain awareness of their safe water and hygiene lessons, they are empowered to develop and carry out their own plans to improve their sanitation facilities. With proper hygiene and sanitation training, community members can be inspired and trained to improve their own access to sanitation in their households and even at community levels, thereby improving their health in often life-saving ways. Living Water International seeks to improve the health of individuals within the communities we serve by providing them with behavior-changing training and encouragement to improve their sanitation conditions.
Living Water International believes that the Church is God’s primary agent of transformation in the world, and a local church is both an agent of and a sign of God’s kingdom within the community. Working through the local churches allows congregations and Living Water to not only demonstrate the gospel but provide the opportunity to proclaim it as well. All of our communities will have the opportunity to hear a gospel message during the water well dedication ceremony. During the week, the hygiene and sanitation team incorporates Biblical truths into their lessons and share Bible stories through the oral storying methodology. We will work with church leaders and members to help them gain an understanding of their biblical responsibility to serve their communities through the integral mission of the Church.
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