Access to clean water and sanitation is difficult for many Timorese, particularly for those living in rural areas. To help address this, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) have built ten water towers that benefit more than 2,000 people. With the help of donors, such as Catholic Mission Australia, Jesuit Mission Australia, Jesuit Mission Austria, Bank Mandiri and private individuals, JSS will build another five this year and five more in 2019.
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“The NYC Water Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for Fordham to reflect and reorient our urban water responsibility—to reflect on patterns of use and waste, and to reorient toward conscious water consumption on individual and institutional levels,” said Christiana Zenner, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, whose research examines water as a scarce resource and as a commodity. “The NYDEP’s vision is concrete, constructive, and creative.”
Mining is linked to water pollution, deforestation and environmental degradation, as well as conflict and violence due to land grabbing, the fracturing of the social fabric of communities, and human right violations in Honduras. According to survey results, community residents experience high levels of water and food insecurity and limited access to education and health services.
For decades, people from Urmera in Timor-Leste’s Liquica district used to wake early each morning and then walk four kilometers up a hill to collect water and walk back down again. That all ended in October 2016 thanks to a project initiated by the Jesuit Social Service (JSS) which brought clean water literally to his door step.
A Catholic sister has added her voice to those protesting Detroit’s aggressive campaign to shut off water to thousands of households in arrears on their water bills. For Sister of Mercy Mary Ellen Howard, the fight here is elemental. “Water is life,” she said, “when you shut off water, you shut off life.”
This Statement from the 8th World Water Forum brings together the contributions of nominated leaders, organizers, and participants in the Special Session “Water and Spirituality: An Encounter with the Sacred,” with the purpose of collaborating for a holistic approach to water, sustained by a spiritual, ethical, and ecological vision and the culture of peace.