FAQ

FAQ

Why Hawaii?

We get asked this a lot and understand why. When most people think about Hawaii, they think resorts, mai tais, and Luaus. Yes, Hawaii is all of that and more! The Big Island of Hawaii is also home to the University of Nations, one of the world’s largest missions training centers. And since we have in our hearts to travel into Cambodia, Kona is a strategic springboard for us.

What are your monthly expenses?

We are budgeting $3000/month for our family of three. This covers meals, accommodations, medical, basic needs and plane tickets to travel with the Justice Water team.

How will you be supported?

David will continue to work part-time for his current company until the family can adjust to the new environment. As a digital craftsman, he may also have some freelance opportunities; however, we hope to raise enough financial support through partnering with individuals so that we can focus on building Justice Water full time.

Are you currently supported by a church?

We currently don’t have a home church that is supporting us but we are connected with a large community of people who share the same beliefs and values. We have also partnered with individuals and spiritual mentors who give oversight to what we do and how we do it. We believe accountability is key to helping us grow and mature in our decision making.

Currently, what are your practical needs?

We’re all about sharing ideas and resources. At the moment, If you have a used Bob baby stroller or equivalent, Melina would greatly appreciate it. David sweats a lot. If you have quality used running or working clothes (dri fit) he would appreciate that.

If you have air miles or frequent flyer points, we could save a bundle in our airfare.

Why Water?

800 million people in the world don’t have safe drinking water.

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. (source) Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old.(source) Many of these diseases are preventable. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. (source)

Women and Children.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. (source)

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

Along their long walk, they’re subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.

Clean water alone can reduce diarrheal illness by 21%

Sanitation alone can reduce diarrheal illness by 37%

Hand washing alone reduce diarrheal illness by 35%

And the solution is simple: to empower developing communities with multipliable and sustainable technologies, using resources that are available, affordable and acceptable in their culture and region.

$20 gives the gift of clean water to 1 person.

$500 gives clean water to a small village, school or church. Each $500 enables Justicewater to build a 10,000 liter rain catchment tank.

So long story short, that’s, why water.

 

Seems like you’re doing a lot.

We trust that if God is in it, He will sustain us through it. But please keep us in your prayers, we know how easy it is to get caught up doing so much, we neglect marriage and family time.

Do you get paid?

No. We do not receive a salary even as staff. Yes, we pay to volunteer because we’re passionate about what we’re doing.

How can we pray for you?

Thank you for wanting to partner with us in prayer. We believe to function effectively as a family, we need a strong and healthy marriage. We are on this journey because we had a revelation of the goodness of God. Pray that the grace of God will be wherever we go and in everything we do.

Can I stay with you guys?

We’d love to be able to host visitors however at this time, we’re not sure where we’ll be living yet.