Why Build Wells?

1 in 9 people

lack access to clean water…

48% of people

in sub-Saharan Africa lack clean water

Every 90 seconds

a child dies of a waterborne disease

Women and children

walk up to 6 hours

each day to fetch water

1,000,000 deaths

from disease

260 trillion

dollars in economic loss

Changing the numbers,
and changing lives, one well at a time

A simple question:
What can we do?

Water to Thrive’s first water project was funded in 2008, after a Bible study group
at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, learned about the staggering cost
of the global water crisis and decided it was necessary to act.

The group decided to see if they could raise enough money to fund a couple of wells. After just 90 days, they had ultimately collected enough money to build 12 wells.

Dick Moeller, a member of the group, was inspired by the success of that first campaign.
He realized that if one church group could raise enough money for 12 wells, others could do even more. Motivated by the desire to bring clean water to those who so desperately need it, Dick founded Water to Thrive.

The blessing of clean, safe water

In the decade since its founding, Water to Thrive has funded more than 900 water projects that bring clean, safe water
to 500,000 people in rural African communities.

Clean water decreases disease rates by 80 percent.

Easy access to clean water
gives children more time for education.

$1 invested in water for a community
yields $8 in economic benefit.

Just $5,000 builds a well that will serve more than 250 people for 20 years.