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YWAM Working to Provide Clean Water

I remember first hearing about some of the work YWAM was doing to provide clean water when I was in Kenya in 2001 for the University of the Nations (U of N) Workshop. Howard Malmstadt demonstrated a new water filtration and purification device that he developed with Rolf Englehard. 30 of the units were given away, which was to be the start of a larger distribution of the water filtration and purification devices to provide clean water around the world.

Youth With A Mission has been active around the world over it’s 50-year history in bringing clean potable water to the nations it’s worked in.

Some of the things that Youth With A Mission is currently doing to help provide clean water are:

  • Repairing damaged wells and pumps in Haiti after the earth quake
  • Proving clean water along with education and health care to the Aluwawe People of the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique (here)
  • Building concrete rain water collection tanks in Vanuatu where they have already built nine water tanks in the Northern villages of Efate, where I did my YWAM DTS outreach(here).
  • Building and improving wells in southern Sudan (see video below)
  • Running a Community Water Technology Seminar through the University of the Nations (U of N) in at least two locations in the world (here),
  • Water for Life & Platypus Go-Teams out of YWAM Tasmania to help provide access to safe water through seminars, training and short term missions trips (here).
  • Water for Life ministry in Kona, Hawaii as part of the University of the Nations (U of N) which currently has projects to help people develop safe and sustainable water sources in  Kiribati, Indonesia, Brazil, Kosovo and Rwanda. (here)

YWAM work continues to help provide clean water for the estimated 2 billion people around the world who are lacking adequate water supplies and sanitation.

More Debate over Hakani Documentary About Infanticide

Debate is still raging about the documentary depicting a re-enactment of infanticide that is practised by some Amazon Tribes in Brazil. There seems to be a few thoughts on the documentary and the idea of infanticide being practiced:

  1. We should ignore it and leave it alone since it isn’t too widely spread among the tribes and it’s their tradition to kill unwanted babies, so we shouldn’t interfere (Survivor International, Brazil’s National Foundation for Indians (FUNAI)
  2. It should be stopped, as many tribes have already done, and the killing of babies should be made illegal, even among the Indigenous Brazilian Amazonian tribes (Hakani Organization, various law makers in Brazil, United Nations Human Rights, etc.)

The documentary was filmed and edited by members or Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

You can read a bit more about the debate here.

‘Hakani’ Continues to Cause Controversy

The Hakani Project aims to bring awareness and change in regards to the practice of infanticide among the indigenous Amazon Indian tribes in Brazil. Recent controversy has been raised by a non-government group based out of London who believe that the Hakani Project, and the film produced by them, exaggerates the problem of intanticide among the tribal communities in Brazil.

You can read more about the debate here.