Q. What is Living Waters for the World?
A. Living Waters for the World is the global mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters of Presbyterian Church USA. It’s Mission: To serve as a resource to churches of all denominations, civic organizations and others in mission, enabling them to share clean water with their partners in need.
Q. Why did FVPC decide that providing clean water was a ministry that they wanted to be involved in?
- Three million people die each year from preventable, water-related illness – and most are infants and young children
- One billion people have no access to clean water
- The lack of available clean water is the crisis of this millennium & future wars may be fought over water, not oil
Q. How did FVPC choose to work with people in Guatemala?
A. While at the first Living Waters training in Mississippi in 2007, FVPC team members were asked to partner with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala. The need for clean water in Guatemala is great. Consider the following statistics:
Guatemala is the most populous of the Central American countries with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. The distribution of income remains highly unequal with more than half of the population below the national poverty line and just over 400,000 (3.2%) unemployed. 56.2% of the population of Guatemala lives in poverty. Only 74.5% of the population aged 15 and over are literate, the lowest literacy rate in Central America.
- Health Status
4.92 deaths/1,000 population (July 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 186
- Infectious diseases
degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne disease: dengue fever and malaria
water contact disease: leptospirosis (2009)
- Infant mortality
total: 25.16 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 78
Q. Where does LWW have installations
A. Living Waters has installed nearly 400 systems in 23 countries, including the U.S. Our own church, Fox Valley, has installed four systems all in Guatemala
Q. How long has Fox Valley Presbyterian church been involved with Living Waters for the World?
A. We began to work with Living Waters for the World in 2007.
Q. How are the water systems sustained once they are installed?
A. The key here is we build a system that’s simple, sustainable and affordable. We develop a partnership between our group and the community in need- and we don’t go there and install the system for them and then leave. We teach them to install and maintain the system,and we teach them how to teach others the basics of health and hygiene education.
Q. How can I donate to Living Waters at FVPC in support of their work?
A. Checks may be made out to Fox valley Presbyterian Church with Living Waters for the World in the memo. Donations may also be made using a pew envelope. Just write Living Waters for the World on the front.
Q. What is the role of the Living Waters for the World Subcommittee at FVPC?
A. Living Waters for the World at FVPC is a subcommittee of the mission Committee. LWW has a liaison to the Mission Committee and reports to them monthly.
Q. How do I get involved with the LWW committee at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church?
A. Come to a committee meeting. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the church. Talk to current committee members:
Fred Filiaggi, Committee Chairman. Filiaggi4@comcast.net
Linda Strong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Williams email@example.com
Q. If I am interested in going on a trip how do I get more information?
A. Contact one of the committee members or Pastor Donna at FVPC at (630) 232 7448 or at firstname.lastname@example.org