The Wesley Missions Ministry Team has designated The Navajo Water Project as our January Mission Project.
During this Coronavirus pandemic, health professionals advise us to wash our hands frequently. Access to running water is something that most of us take for granted. And yet, more than 2.2 million Americans have no running water in their homes, and at least 44 million more do not have clean drinking water that is safe from contaminants. In some communities in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest drinking water is often in shorter supply than food. More than 30% of Navajo families, for example, still do not have a water tap or toilet in their homes. They must walk or travel to wells to draw water that unfortunately often is contaminated from by-products of the mining industry. Also they end up paying 67X more for the water than they would if they had piped water. Overall, Native American households are 19X more likely than White households to lack indoor plumbing.
The Navajo Water Project is a partnership between the non-profit DigDeep Right to Water Project and Native communities. The Project is guided by a council of clients and local leaders who are working together to bring clean, running water to underserved communities with poor access to running water and wastewater services. They do so by burying 1200-gallon water tanks next to homes which are then retrofitted with indoor plumbing and sinks; solar panels are installed to power these systems. Once a month, DigDeep tank trucks refill the underground systems with clean, fresh water. 100% of the money donated to this cause goes to water projects.
If you would like to help support The Navajo Water
Project, please make your check out to Wesley
UMC with Navajo Water Project on the memo line
and mail it to the church (2206 4th Street in
Charleston) or give via the church website by clicking on the $ at the bottom of the page..