Water Mission and FedEx provide safe water to 60,000 people in Turkey


One of the many families benefiting from the LWTS (Living Water Treatment System) at Iskenderun IDP Camp.

It has been four months since deadly earthquakes struck Turkey—the largest disaster to hit the country in 80 years. More than 9 million people were directly impacted, and 3 million more remain displaced and unsure of their futures.

Shortly following the earthquakes, we collaborated with Water Mission, a Christian engineering nonprofit working to provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to those in need. We shipped five of their Living Water Treatment Systems (LWTS), more than 65,000 water purification packets, and 1,300 hygiene kits to Turkey on their behalf.

Each LWTS is capable of purifying more than 10,000 gallons of water per day—enough drinking water for up to 5,000 people. These systems have been installed in various camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout the affected region. One such camp is Iskenderun IDP Camp, based in the Hatay region of Turkey. The camp manager, Adip, shared with Water Mission staff what a difference the system has made by providing access to safe water for drinking and cooking.

“I can't tell you how important your work is here. Whoever is behind this, whoever donated to Water Mission and whoever served, we are very grateful to all of them. We convey that we are very grateful to everyone who contributes to solving the water problem, which is the most important problem in the world. Thank you for the water you brought. Thank you very much.”


Adip standing in front of the LWTS installed at Iskenderun IDP camp with Water Mission Disaster Response WASH Team Lead Josh Burns.

FedEx Cares is grateful for the role we were able to play in ensuring up to 25,000 men, women, and children in Turkey—including those at Iskenderun IDP Camp—have access to safe water. This is not only one-time or short-term access but ongoing, sustainable access for as long as the need remains.

Water Mission has been responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises for more than 20 years. A key aspect of their approach is the focus on sustainability and long-term impact, making their safe water solutions that much more valuable.

Supporting groups like Water Mission through in-kind shipping is one way we get to deliver for good and make the world a better place.

To learn more about how Water Mission is serving men, women, and children in Turkey and around the world, please visit watermission.org.


***Photos courtesy of Water Mission