Lifewater https://lifewater.org A Non-Profit Christian Water Development Organization Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:09:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://lifewater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-lifewater-favicon-1-32x32.png Lifewater https://lifewater.org 32 32 Mohawk Paper Carries News About Safe Water https://lifewater.org/blog/mohawk-paper-carries-news-safe-water/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:25 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8665 Industry leader in fine paper donates product to help the poor get safe water and sanitation.   Mohawk Paper, makers of fine paper and envelopes for four generations, has donated…

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Industry leader in fine paper donates product to help the poor get safe water and sanitation.

 

Mohawk Paper, makers of fine paper and envelopes for four generations, has donated an entire year’s worth of paper and envelopes to Lifewater International, a non-profit working to help children and families get access to safe water and sanitation. The donation helps mobilize thousands to end the world’s water and sanitation crisis.

“We are obviously very grateful for Mohawk’s generous support,” says Lifewater CEO Justin Narducci, “but we are also very proud to be working alongside a company so committed to innovation and social responsibility. Their product is world-class, but so is their dedication to doing good.”

Lifewater works with designers Rule29, O’Neil Printing, and Mohawk Paper to produce moving, informative, and beautiful pieces that highlight the centrality of water to life as well as the undeniable dignity of those served by Lifewater’s ongoing work. Mohawk paper helps make the high-quality annual reports, newsletters, direct mail, and bound photography books worthy of the cause they serve. Employees of Rule29 and O’Neil Printing have also started Wheels4Water, which partnered with Lifewater to raise over $160,000 for safe water and sanitation in the past two years.

“Environmental commitment, social responsibility and corporate stewardship are woven into the fabric of Mohawk’s culture and business practices, so we are pleased to support Wheels4Water and Lifewater in their efforts to raise awareness of the need for clean, safe drinking water and improved sanitation to people in developing nations,” says Ted O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Sales at Mohawk.

Over 600 million people in the world do not have access to safe water, and over 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation. Without these basic necessities, young children succumb to preventable water-borne diseases and do not have access to education. Families are stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty and disease. With water, sanitation, and good hygiene practices, children live longer, go to school, and stay healthy while their parents are able to engage in more productive labor. Entire communities escape extreme poverty.

Lifewater has been working since 1977 to help over 2.5 million people in over 40 countries access safe water and sanitation. Currently, Lifewater is serving the most remote and underserved communities in Africa and Asia.

Mohawk is a family-owned and operated business in Cohoes, NY, that remains a leader in fine paper and envelopes as well as its commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production.

“Mohawk paper is helping us mobilize thousands of people to get involved in ending the world’s water and sanitation crisis,” says Narducci, “and they’re using what they offer to be a catalyst for positive change.”

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people, focusing on contextually appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mohawkconnects.com.

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Lifewater Receives Recognition From Ethiopian Government https://lifewater.org/blog/lifewater-receives-recognition-ethiopian-government/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:09 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8626 Southern district honors accomplishments in community WASH development. Administrators and community development representatives from the southern Bule Hora District officially recognized Lifewater’s effectiveness in the Borena Zone to help families,…

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Southern district honors accomplishments in community WASH development.

Administrators and community development representatives from the southern Bule Hora District officially recognized Lifewater’s effectiveness in the Borena Zone to help families, schools, and communities get safe water and improved sanitation. Arriving in the form of a Letter of Thanks, the recognition follows a two-year program with Lifewater partner DASSC to reach remote, rural communities in the arid southern region of Ethiopia.

 

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“We are honored to be recognized for the positive outcomes of this program,” said Justin Narducci, Lifewater’s President/CEO. “This was difficult work in a remote and underserved area in Ethiopia, but the real credit goes to the communities who stepped up and took ownership of their WASH situations.”

The Borena Zone in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia covers a large area in the southern end of Ethiopia, bordering Kenya. Communities in Borena often depend on small farms and livestock that suffer from frequent droughts. Over half of the rural population of Ethiopia does not have safe water, and over one third still practices open defecation. Families must move during the year to any place where they can find water, making education almost impossible.

The letter cites over 12,800 community members benefitting from new or repaired safe water sources, as well as schools whose students and teachers now benefit from blocks of VIP latrines. Entire communities are now stable and healthy enough to build their own schools and their children are the first to attend in the family.

As Zerihun Hailu, Lifewater’s Ethiopia Country Director reports:

In late July 2016, the representatives of district departments (Water, Health, Education, Women’s Affairs, and Administration) participated in the quarterly program review meeting and visited some of the project outputs in selected kebeles [village clusters]. They were thrilled by the attitudinal changes of local communities towards WASH and by safe water supplied to the neediest communities, tariff collection, and management and transparency, as well as the quality of the program.

The representatives finally asked the [DASSC] branch office and project leaders, “What can we do to express our appreciation and love to Lifewater International?” The leaders replied, “Just praise the Lord and pray for Lifewater!” Then Mr. Ayele Dhekema, District Administrator, asked, “Do you mind if I add one more thing? I will write a thank you letter if you help us deliver it to Lifewater in America.”

The DASSC leaders, Mr. Yishak Yohanis, president of South Ethiopia Synod of EECMY and Mr. Abebe Ware, DASSC Branch Office Director promised to deliver the letter and finally brought it to me in Addis Ababa.

The letter finishes with the Bule Hora District Head Administrator, Mr. Ayele Dhekema, expressing, “our hope and readiness to work with you in the future.”

“We will continue to see the ripples of this change spread throughout the region, whether in WASH or in other areas where these empowered communities are ready to work,” added Narducci.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people, focusing on contextually appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Keeping Her Promise https://lifewater.org/blog/keeping-her-promise/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:27 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8597 Your gifts help Catherine walk alongside families as they take steps toward better health.   Catherine’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. “He’s very eager, he wants me to come immediately to…

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Your gifts help Catherine walk alongside families as they take steps toward better health.

 

Catherine’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing.

“He’s very eager, he wants me to come immediately to verify his Healthy Home. He wants to be the first!” Catherine said with a smile as she made sure her ringer was off.

She didn’t want to break the rules.

You see, Catherine, along with the entire Lifewater Kaliro staff, left the rural villages in eastern Kaliro to complete a 5-Day Lifewater training on how to implement water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices in schools.

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Donate Your Birthday Update https://lifewater.org/blog/donate-birthday-update/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:38 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8280 A special message for our Birthday fundraisers.   This year, you chose to use your birthday to help others and here’s what happened: At the Gutu Primary School in West…

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A special message for our Birthday fundraisers.

 

This year, you chose to use your birthday to help others and here’s what happened:

At the Gutu Primary School in West Arsi, Ethiopia, students had no safe water. If they wanted water to drink or wash, they walked several hundred yards away to a pond or stream and dipped their bottles into it. For over 1000 students, there were 4 latrines, which used to be unkempt holes in the dirt. There was no place to wash their hands.

It was gross and it made them sick. In fact, in their region, 100% of the students reported cough or difficulty breathing and many reported stomach pain/diarrhea or skin and eye infections. (And those were the ones who made it to school!) These are all illnesses that can be prevented with good water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

 

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Construction is in process at Gutu Primary School (above).
Updated photos of completed latrines and well to come. 

 

Thanks to you, parents, teachers, and students are all working with Lifewater to establish a WASH in Schools program at Gutu Primary School. This means they’ll receive a new source of safe water close to school, blocks of sturdy latrines where they can be safe and clean, and plenty of places to wash their hands. They’ve even started a WASH club, where student leaders teach and encourage others to practice good sanitation and hygiene.

They’ll be safer. They’ll be healthier. They’ll be dignified. They’ll be learning.

And all because you gave your birthday. Happy Birthday indeed!

On behalf of the students at Gutu Primary – THANK YOU.

This could not happen without these amazing Birthday fundraisers (listed below) and all of their family and friends who gave generously.

Celebrating our Birthday Fundraisers in April, May, and June.

  • Amanda Ainsworth
  • Miles Allen
  • Michele Batz
  • Natalie Bourque
  • Heidi Cobleigh
  • Lauren Ferguson
  • Ken Ferguson
  • Robin Franklin Sanny
  • Tiffany Garza
  • Zoe Gingerich
  • Jane Heinze
  • Jenny Kling
  • Lee Lauten
  • Johnny Morgan
  • Trevor Narducci
  • Anthony Narducci
  • Israel Norcom
  • Kassidy Owen
  • Leona Repnik
  • Emily Rohrbacher
  • Luke Schnitzler
  • Dan Schuessler
  • Chris Unkefer
  • Ashley Wagner
  • Sean Ward

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One Village at a Time: Lifewater’s FY 2016 Annual Report https://lifewater.org/blog/one-village-time-lifewaters-fy-2016-annual-report/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:00:30 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8283 For nearly 40 years, Lifewater has served vulnerable children and families in distress with the most basic gift of safe water and sanitation. Here’s what we accomplished last year.  …

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For nearly 40 years, Lifewater has served vulnerable children and families in distress with the most basic gift of safe water and sanitation. Here’s what we accomplished last year.

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A special message from our President/CEO:

Greetings from East Africa! I write this letter, not from the comfortable confines of our office in California, but from the dusty and forgotten back roads of eastern Uganda—where vulnerable children and families fetch their water from natural springs shared with cows and donkeys.

This is what life is really like for people living in the rural parts of Uganda as seen in the above annual report. I pray we did them justice in the pages above this letter.

The fiscal year for Lifewater International runs between April–March, therefore, this annual report relates to the financial activity of our organization through March 2016. The financial information provided herein was audited by an independent external auditor as is our annual process. These statements are available for you to review on our website.

Though it often goes understood but unsaid, the outcomes and achievements that we celebrate in this beautiful report are borne through the tremendous perseverance and patience of Lifewater staff who serve around the globe in a disciplined and dedicated manner. Walking step by step with some of the world’s poorest people, our staff incarnate the King himself—a friend to the poor and marginalized.

In closing, please allow me to thank you. Thank you for allowing Yeshi in Ethiopia to teach about hygiene, house to house. Thank you for letting Brian in Uganda repair broken water sources that can be brought back to life. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to love and serve those in the margins—who are so desperate for a bit of good news. None of this happens without you.

Thank you!

Sincerely in Christ,
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Justin Narducci
President/Chief Executive Officer

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Two Central Coast Businesses Partner to Build Well in Africa https://lifewater.org/blog/two-central-coast-businesses-partner-build-well-africa/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:56:26 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8256 Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and For Good Co. turn profits into clean water. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and For Good Company worked together to help a community in…

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Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and For Good Co. turn profits into clean water.

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and For Good Company worked together to help a community in Africa get a safe water well and improved sanitation through sales of bottled water and donations in Burnstein’s ice cream stores. Together, the businesses raised over $6,000.

“We helped bring clean drinking water to an entire community for years. There are few ways our efforts could make a larger impact on lives than this.” states Greg Steinberger, Founder of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab. He challenged staff to increase sales of Water for Good, For Good Co.’s bottled water product, as well as ask for donations. Support of the water project follows Doc Burnstein’s 10% Giving Back Pledge.

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Over 600 million people worldwide do not have access to safe water, and nearly half of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 2.4 billion do not have a safe place to go to the bathroom. This leaves vulnerable children and families in a cycle of poverty and disease. With safe water and sanitation, education, health, and productivity improve and families can lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

Lifewater International, a San Luis Obispo-based non-profit water development organization, will complete the water and sanitation work. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater has served over 2.5 million people by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty, Last year alone Lifewater served over 50,000 people with safe drinking water.

Since 2013, the For Good Company, in cooperation with Lifewater, has raised enough funds to drill six water wells in Africa through the sale of bottled water and other products.

“We started the For Good Company to help meet the basic needs of the less fortunate in the world, and water is a very basic need,” said Rob Hatch, For Good Company’s Founder. “Our products are intended to start a conversation locally that will have an international reach.”

“Our goal is to one day see the Central Coast be responsible for 100 clean water wells, making a monumental impact on the communities the wells will serve,” states Eric Wildey, For Good Co. Spokesman. Products carried throughout the Central Coast include Water for Good, Coffee for Good, and Tea for Good. Purchasing just one liter of Water for Good results in a full year of clean drinking water to a person in need.

The well funded by the Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and For Good Co. is expected to be completed later in 2016. Information on the project is available at lifewater.org.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people, focusing on contextually appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Cambodia Team Funded to Begin Work https://lifewater.org/blog/cambodia-team-funded-begin-work/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:14 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8245 Donors generously respond to fund office equipment and transportation for the newly launched field team.   Lifewater program manager, San Veasna, is much more mobile than he used to be.…

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Donors generously respond to fund office equipment and transportation for the newly launched field team.

 

Lifewater program manager, San Veasna, is much more mobile than he used to be. Leading the team of 7 Lifewater staff out of the Svay Leu field office in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia, Veasna knows that reaching rural Cambodian households with health messages is hard work. There’s essential equipment that the team needs such as smart phones (to upload data into our data monitoring system), data plans, and even an office to work from. And then there’s the journey.

Traversing miles over dirt roads that, in the dry season, kick up so much dust that eye wear and scarves are necessary accessories in order to see and breathe.

In the rainy season there’s a different challenge as Lifewater staff must trek through thick patches of mud that are nearly impassable by car. The solution was simple – something small, light, inexpensive, and fast – motorbikes.

In July, the need for motorbikes as well as other necessary office equipment was shared with the world and donors generously responded!

 

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In fact, twenty three donors contributed to give beyond the initial goal of $6000 and were able to provide the Svay Lea Field Office with the final two motorbikes needed plus the additional mobile phones, data plans, and rent money necessary to start the work.

On behalf of the vulnerable children and families that are already being impacted by your generosity – THANK YOU.

This life-saving work could not happen without your generosity.

Stay up to date on changes that are happening in Svay Lea and see the families your gifts are impacting by by visiting our Cambodia Program Page.

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Meet Mako https://lifewater.org/blog/meet-mako/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:11:44 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8233 Mako’s village has a new water source   Daughters watch their mothers. All over the world, girls are looking to their mothers for instructions on how to live, how to…

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Mako’s village has a new water source

 

Daughters watch their mothers. All over the world, girls are looking to their mothers for instructions on how to live, how to care for others, and what to think of themselves and their place in a family and society. In Kotohashawa, Ethiopia, a young girl name Mako Burka is learning something new.

Lifewater is working with Mako’s community to help them get safe water and healthy homes. Mako, her sister, and her mother used to take at least one trip each day to gather water.

They walked over 3 miles on each trip and the only water they could gather was shared with animals and contained worms that caused considerable pain.

Because of your generous support, Lifewater was able to help her village of Kotohashawa. In fact, your support helped build a new spring cap that provides a consistent source of safe water right near Mako’s home.

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Mako’s mother is on the water committee, a group of volunteers chosen by the community to ensure the maintenance of the water source. In many communities, the water committee is the first position of community leadership occupied by women, and Mako’s mother is setting an example for her daughters with her capacity to lead.

Mako wants to be on the water committee when she grows up, and her mother will help ensure a safe water source can be passed on to her generation. Mako’s more immediate goals? To help her school get a source of safe water and latrines so she can complete her education and become a teacher.

Thank you for enabling Mako’s mother to set an example of confidence and leadership, and for giving Mako a reason to expect the same from herself.

Photo credit: Jeff Crider Photography

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8 Ways to Meet Your Birthday Fundraising Goal https://lifewater.org/blog/8-ways-meet-your-birthday-fundraising-goal/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:47:59 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8580 It’s not hard to get people to give for your birthday, and we guarantee that you will be surprised and excited about those who give you the best birthday gift…

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It’s not hard to get people to give for your birthday, and we guarantee that you will be surprised and excited about those who give you the best birthday gift ever this year. The gift of clean water!

Here are some tried and true tips for making your birthday campaign incredibly successful:

1. Social Media

Did you know that your Facebook post only reaches an average of 12% of your friends and lasts just 3 hours in the news feed? Though you may feel like you are asking too frequently, only 88% of your friends actually see your post so don’t feel bad for posting often. We recommend posting daily or every other day in the weeks leading to your birthday. Here are some post ideas:

  • Facebook
    I want to make a day that is usually about me and make it about serving others. This is why I’m teaming up with #Lifewater and donating my birthday to to provide water, health, and hope to others who need it the most. Please help me reach my goal by donating here:<<Your Fundraising URL Goes Here>>social-post
  • Twitter
    This year I’m donating my birthday to help provide safe water to those in need. Check it out at<<Your Fundraising URL Goes Here>>

 

2. Write Emails

Social media, is great but a well written personal email will go further than you think. We even wrote an email for you! All you need to do is customize it and hit send. Try sending to 5 people, and watch as you get closer to your goal.

“Hello <Name Goes Here>,

I hope that this email finds you well. I’m reaching out because for my upcoming birthday, I want to make a day that is usually about me and make it about serving others. This is why I’m teaming up with Lifewater.org and donating my birthday to to provide water, health, and hope to others who need it the most.

Lifewater believes that every underserved child and family should have the opportunity to drink safe water and to live free of water-borne diseases, and that anything less is a grave injustice. Just $40 will bring one person safe water for life!

The donation process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support that you can provide. It will benefit a great cause!

Please consider a donation by clicking here: <<Your Fundraising URL Goes Here>> 

Thank you,

-<<Your Name Goes Here>>

 

3. Personalize

Write a personal paragraph sharing about why you are so passionate about safe water and put it on your fundraising page. Make sure that when people stop by your fundraising page that they recognize you in your profile picture. Your picture of your cat might be cutest thing ever, but people want to know they’re on the right page. Remember… smile for the camera 🙂

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4. Facebook Banner

Wish you had an awesome header banner to promote your page? No problem, we’ve got you covered: Download Here

 

5. Honor Your Donors

You got a donation! Congrats! Now thank your donor on your fundraising page. They will get your message in their inbox. Go the extra mile and thank them on social media as well. This will show social proof that others are giving.

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6. Create Urgency

Keep a countdown going on social media. If you have already raised $200 of your $500 goal, let your friends know that you only have $300 to go by your birthday! This will help increase the urgency.

 Only 3 days and $250 away from my $500 goal of serving 12 people with water for life. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift!

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7. Throw a Party!

Just because you’re donating your birthday doesn’t mean you can’t throw a party and invite all of your friend. Let them that instead of presents, you want donations! (Download Artwork)

 

8. Email Signature

Send a lot of emails everyday? Add this to the bottom of your signature and link to your fundraising page.

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Victory Life Church Helps Ethiopians Get Safe Water Well https://lifewater.org/blog/victory-life-church-helps-ethiopians-get-safe-water-well/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:46 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=8090 Church-based running team helps raise money for African community.   Runners from Victory Life Church in Battle Creek, Michigan helped provide safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education for a…

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Church-based running team helps raise money for African community.

 

Runners from Victory Life Church in Battle Creek, Michigan helped provide safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education for a community in Ethiopia this year through their fundraising efforts. Members of Team Victory Road Runners competed in the Kalamazoo Borgess Run marathon, half-marathon, 10k, and 5k on Mother’s Day weekend and raised $6,869.

The Team Victory Road Runners trained together for months and set an ambitious goal: to raise enough money to provide an entire community with a sustainable source of safe water and sanitation. “We are a passionate group of believers in Christ from Victory Life Church who love to run,” said Pastor Jon Major. “We are training our bodies to reach new levels and we are excited for the journey that God has for us.” The team exceeded their goal of raising $6,000.

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Victory Life Church got involved with Activewater, the athletic division of Lifewater, through a connection with Daren Wendell, who last year ran across the United States in 100 days – averaging nearly 30 miles per day. Wendell’s long-distance run also raised money to benefit communities in Ethiopia, and he traveled to see the impact and need for safe water and sanitation first-hand.

“Water and sanitation in these villages in Ethiopia is a game-changer,” reported Wendell. “Women walk several miles each day to collect the water they can carry, and the lack of clean water and sanitation means their families are constantly sick. When there is a nearby source of safe water, kids can go to school and parents have more time for productive labor.”

Nearly two in three rural Ethiopians do not have safe water, and 72% do not have access to improved sanitation. This leads to chronic water-borne diseases, which keep children out of school and adults out of work, keeping them in a cycle of poverty and poor health. With safe water and latrines, school enrollment increases, especially for girls, and people are able to participate more in community development, especially women. The funds raised by Team Victory on Mother’s Day weekend will help hundreds of Ethiopian mothers care for their children.

“We finished with 35 runners competing. Every runner gave it their all, and celebrated as they crossed the finish line,” said Pastor Major. “It’s amazing what a group can do when your church is supporting you.” Team Victory and Victory Life Church continues to raise awareness and support for the effort to ensure all families have access to safe water, improved health, and the knowledge that God loves them and cares for them.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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