AMSSND Province Water Committee

At the General Chapter of 2012, the School Sisters of Notre Dame made a commitment “to live more simply and sustainably with one another and with all of creation.”

The Atlantic-Midwest Province responded with four concrete commitments, one of them is our water commitment. The Atlantic-Midwest Province is committed to the goal of universal access to clean water. 

As part of that commitment, our province engages in education and advocacy efforts regarding the spirituality and vitality of water around the world and how to protect it. We advocate changes such as the elimination of bottled water, straws, and other plastics that pollute the earth's water and the life depending upon it. We also support and learn from projects that provide life-giving access to water through our Water Initiative in Haiti.

Please click here to support the Water Initiative

Water Catchment system

The Water Initiative provides water in rural homes in Haiti.  Last year, AMSSND and its network of benefactors, sisters, and associates partnered with Beyond Borders to provide 29 additional families with rainwater catchment systems. To date, we have provided 125 water catchment systems and increased access to water to families in the remote and drought-prone island of Lagonav, Haiti. With access to water, they are able to grow nutritious vegetables, pay for children’s schooling and other needs, and reduce the hours traditionally spent by women and girls fetching water at distant rivers or wells. Click here to read our 2019 report and learn how this initiative has impacted specific families in Haiti.   

In the coming year, we hope to support help 100 more families’ access to life-giving water. Each rain catchment system will cost approximately $350 each per household.  

Follow this link to learn more about Water, Global Warming, and Climate Change

More information about our commitment to water:

Laudato Si - Click here to Download Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology 

For the text of Laudato Si click here

For a summary of Laudato Si click here

Top 10 Takeaways of Laudato-Si

What you can do:

AMSSND Canada and Water

AMSSND U.S. and Water

Sisters in Africa and North America Collaborate to Bring Water to Kenya

Sister Rose Ngcha in Kenya

Approximately three years ago, the Water committee of the Atlantic-Midwest Province was commissioned by the province “to provide water in an underserved area.” Over the past two years members of the Water Committee have been working with School Sisters in Africa, especially Sisters Joyce Kwamboka Nyakwama and Rose Ngacha to identify and engage in a project to bring water to a water-stressed area. The Nyalienga community in Homa Bay, Kenya was identified as the site for this collaborative project.

Use Water Bottles

The AM Province has been actively promoting the use of water bottles rather than bottled water. We have funded Water bottle refilling stations in some of our sponsored and co-sponsored ministries.