AUSTIN, Texas -- Water to Thrive, a faith-based non-profit dedicated to relieving the water crisis in rural Africa, is pleased to announce the selection of Susanne Wilson as its new executive director. Wilson, chosen by Water to Thrive’s board and current president after a lengthy selection process, will be the first executive director in the organization’s six-year history.
“After six years of volunteer leadership, the Board of Water to Thrive believes that it is time to have a full-time, dedicated Executive Director leading the organization,” said Dick Moeller, president and founder of Water to Thrive. “This appointment will dramatically increase our ability to serve more people, giving us greater capacity to reach those with a heart to support our mission and providing continuity of leadership to ensure Water to Thrive’s long-term success.”
Wilson comes to Water to Thrive from an eight-year appointment as Executive Director of Henderson Community College Foundation in Henderson, Kentucky, and as board chair of Companion Community Development Alternatives and a member of Rotary International, has been deeply engaged in work to alleviate the global water crisis.
“Susanne is a great match for Water to Thrive,” Moeller said. “She is an experienced, successful non-profit Executive Director, and her work to address the water crises in Africa and Central America demonstrates her passion for serving people in developing countries. We are excited about the future of Water to Thrive under Susanne’s leadership.”
Wilson’s years of experience in non-profit and education leadership include executive planning, administration, communications and marketing, development, financial oversight, and higher education. She received her MBA from Auburn University and is further certified in fundraising management by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Philanthropy. In her work with Rotary International, she served as chair of an international water project and on the board of Rotary Club of Evansville.
“Joining Water to Thrive gives me a tremendous opportunity to align my passion for making an impact with my background in philanthropy,” Wilson said. “I have witnessed what having access to clean, safe water means for people in developing nations – it provides hope and unlocks human potential. I look forward to taking the mission and service of Water to Thrive to new heights.”
Mark your calendars for Chef’s Table Austin on May 6th, 2015.
You’ve heard it in movies, TV shows, maybe even experienced it yourself but the live chatter and loud caller at auctions is a unique experience that cannot be compared to any other sort of gathering! You can experience this plus some great food at Chef’s Table Austin hosted by Water to Thrive on May 6th at the Long Center from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
What are you bidding on? Having a once in a lifetime dining experience with Austin’s greatest chef’s. Including executive chefs from Uchi, Foreign and Domestic, Congress, Fabi+Rosi, Fork & Vine, Barlata, Nova, Salt Time, and Greenhouse. There are other prizes besides dining with one of these fantastic chefs, come out to see what these other items are!
What is the theme? Blue Party. Grab your blue dress, shoes, purses, tux, anything blue to have a great night out with your family, friends or co-workers!
For more information visit chefstableaustin.org
Everybody has those days were you need a little inspiration to keep on doing what you’re doing. It could be a busy job, staying at home with the kids, or just facing the daily challenges life throws at you can be hard to handle. To keep you going, here is a list of great quotes via W2T’s Pinterest!
1. “You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
2. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
3. “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
4. “Be the change you wish to see.”
5. “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”
Hope these inspired you, for more check out W2T’s Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/watertothrive/inspiration/
Progress is on the way for many African nations along the Nile River. It is unprecedented for the government, the private sector and for the welfare of the people to be put side by side, except for in the new and innovative plan created by the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan. New ideas are bringing modern water technology to a region where change has slowly been advancing into the communities through small projects. Water to Thrive is one of just a couple non-profits dedicated to solely bringing in new water technology (water wells) to the communities in need while at the same time specifically meeting their individual water problems. Although the agreement is preliminary, but this is a step in the right direction to bring basic needs to rural Africa. W2T is anticipating for these changes to happen in the next couple of years so that we can better help the communities through the new dam that the Ethiopian government is constructing along the Nile River. Be on the lookout for news about these countries incredible partnership! Read more on the Egyptian based news source, Egyptian Streets.
You don’t have to wait until the project begins to help, you can start right now! Water to Thrive accepts donations and campaigns year-round from schools, churches, individuals, or maybe just a group of friends and family members that want to raise funds towards a good cause. Contact email@example.com to begin!
Living in Austin, you quickly come to realize that the city LOVES food. From bar- b-q to breakfast tacos to holding some of the best fine dining restaurants in the country, Austin has it all. Lucky for you, Water to Thrive is hosting Chef’s Table Austin to bring some of the best chefs in the community to showcase their talent (aka creating yummy food) to support our cause. Think of it as a live auction with the prize being a great meal while at the same time surrounded by great people! So far we have chefs from Congress, Fabi + Rosi, Uchi, Fork and Vine, and Greenhouse Craft +Food that are participating in CTA.
In the meantime, explore some of the best restaurants in Austin! Here is a list of some of my favorite casual spots to eat (vegetarian friendly too) to enjoy the Austin community.
Slake- Honestly some of the best yellow tofu curry you can find downtown at a cheap price.
Hopdoddy’s- What is life without a good burger? La Bandita black bean burger is a good pick.
Maoz Vegetarian- Falafel and tons of it. It’s a little bit of a drive up north but definitely worth it!
888- Vietnamese food that packs a punch with big servings for those late night cravings.
Ramen Tatsuya- Japanese ramen that is surprisingly not what we all ate during college.
Don’t’ forget about Chef’s Table Austin after you tried these recommended spots; enjoy Austin’s best cuisine at CTA! RSVP through this link:
When? May 6th, 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm
Let’s see what just a couple of years can do to impact Africa!
Good Luck! Check out W2T’s Lent Calendar: https://www.watertothrive.org/sites/default/files/lentcalendar.pdf
There is richness in African food that cannot be rivaled in any other genre of food. The flavors of Ethiopian, Ugandan, and Tanzanian cuisine are unique and full of depth because of local spices and ingredients available year round. Here is a peek of different yummy African dishes that are definitely worth trying!
Let’s start off with one of W2T’s most active partners, Ethiopia! Common national dishes include wat (a close relative of curry), injera (think of it as a thin flatbread), and Kitfo (spiced raw beef). Not one dish is like the other but together they complement each other so well. Here is one recipe for a version of chicken wat called Doro Wat:
Doro Wat Recipe
· 3 pounds boneless chicken, breasts and thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 large onions, chopped, 4 cloves garlic- minced, 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
· 1 cup red wine
· 2 cups water
· 2 teaspoons salt
· 1 teaspoon
· 2 tablespoons
· 1/3 cup hot smoked paprika
· 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
· 2 teaspoons
· 1 tablespoon dried thyme
· 3 tablespoons tomato paste
· 1 tablespoon sugar
· 1 lime, juiced
Place all the ingredients, minus the lime juice, in a slow cooker and cover. Cook for 4-6 hours--depending on your slow cooker settings--until the chicken is tender. Then mash the chicken to shreds with a potato masher (or the bottom of a ladle.) Stir in the lime juice and keep warm.
If you’re brave enough, come out and maybe you’ll see this recipe at Chef’s Table Austin hosted by Water to Thrive, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!