Ohhh, SO close!! We're taking #GivingTuesday to a #WaterWednesday conclusion!


So many great gifts came in yesterday, from big to small, some with employer matches, some from spare change, and all so deeply appreciated!

We funded the first #GivingTuesday water project right around lunchtime, and worked hard to get the second $5,000 settled by midnight. Alas, we came up just $520 short.

We can't let hundreds of people in need go without for the lack of $520, so we hereby declare today to be #WaterWednesday and we are going to ask again for your support to bring in this very last bit we need.

Just like yesterday, please give if you can, and spread the word. We know we can do it, and we look forward to inaugurating two new wells with plaques commemorating your amazing #GivingTuesday effort.

Help us find the last $520 for our #GivingTuesday goal!


In the last hour, we received $675 in donations and cut that $1200 deficit more than in half! We are now just $520 away from funding our second‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ water project. It's late, we know, but before you turn out the light, think for a moment about whether you can spare a gift or a share to help us meet this goal and bring clean, safe water to another rural African community in need.


It just takes a click to give, a click to share, a click to make a huge difference for hundreds of people. We are SO very close, and we know we can do it because we have you working with us. Thank you so much for‪#‎Giving‬ with us on this ‪#‎Tuesday‬!



So close to our second #GivingTuesday well!


Just a little over three hours left, and we have official numbers through the early evening. Our generous donors have come together to give a total SO FAR of $8,805 today! That fully funds our first Giving Tuesday water project, leaving us $1,195 shy of funding the second.

We are close! You can get us there. Whether the amount is large or small ... we have had both today, and every dollar has made a difference. Please share and give. We deeply appreciate your caring and support!


In five more hours, we can build one more well. #GivingTuesday crunch time!


A little more than five hours remain in our #GivingTuesday push and while we have had donations coming in, we are not yet at the point of funding our second well. We know you can help us do this! Give what you can at, and share this post or another to encourage your social media circle to participate too.

We're getting closer! You can carry us through to a second water project today!

Our first #GivingTuesday well finished! Let's go for two!



We are so blessed to have such amazing supporters! In the last hour, you have given us another $570, which puts us over the goal line for our first well!

Now let's get cracking on well number two! Another $4,100 and we ... YOU ... will have funded two water projects today!




Let's finish the first well!



Just a few hours into #GivingTuesday, we are already well on our way to the halfway mark! As of noon, our wonderful supporters had made gifts totaling $4,525.00!

At least one of those gifts was made by an employee of a company that matches charitable donations, which gave the total a nice boost. Check with your employer and see if they'll do a matching gift, then go to and make your donation. We'll send you a receipt, which you can give your employer. It's simple and it doubles your impact!

Your GivingTuesday to-do list: Give money, share news, build wells, change lives


Good morning!  It's #GivingTuesday, and Water to Thrive is celebrating this global day of giving with a special goal of raising $10,000 today! That $10,000 will fund two water projects in rural Africa, bringing the blessing of clean, safe water to 500 people in communities in need.

We hope you will join us, by giving what you can and by sharing the word that we are taking part in this worldwide fundraiser with the good of two wells in mind.

If you would like to give, please go to and make your way through the form. All donations given today will count towards our goal. If you would like to highlight your gift, check the "in honor of" button and put "Giving Tuesday" in the space provided. No amount is too small...if 400 supporters give $25 each, we will meet our goal.

If you would like to help spread the word, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts with your own friends and followers. We will have Giving Tuesday campaign updates online at various point throughout the day, and at the end of the day, a final report and note of thanks. 

Let your friends know about our mission, and this once-a-year opportunity to make a significant impact. If you would like to gather them together to make an even bigger gift, you can even consider 
starting a Water to Thrive-Giving Tuesday campaign of your own

It's going to be a busy day, and we hope you can help us reach our goal. Once again, we thank you for your financial, emotional, and prayerful support. Together, today, we can build two wells and change 500 lives.


Shop for a Drop!

We know you're looking forward to our well campaign for ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ tomorrow, but you can help us on ‪#‎CyberMonday‬ too!

Don't forget, if you shop at Amazon, start at, and choose Water to Thrive as your charity! We receive a percentage of your purchase at no cost to you.

All you have to do is type into your browser, then, when it says "Choose your charity" or "Change your charity," search "Water to Thrive" and click Select. That's it! Your holiday shopping can change lives in Africa.


Visiting Lalibela


Our guide today was Betaye, and he led us to the World Heritage Site of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The churches are sometimes listed as the eighth wonder of the world. 

According to legend, the medieval king Lalibela had the churches carved as a holy pilgrimage site alternative to Jerusalem. The churches are carved from solid rock starting from the top down and then inside and up. Today, the churches remain active places of worship. Holy men are present in each of the churches, providing tourists a willing photo opportunity. 

The last church that was carved, and the most famous, is St. George. It is the only church carved in the shape of a cross. Along the walls outside the churches are holes that served as prayer rooms, monk homes, and tombs for unlucky pilgrims. A fertility pool exists at one of the churches that aided in the conception of a child if a woman bathed in its waters.

Betaye jokingly provided us with three suggestions for getting to the entrance of St. George Church; diving into the baptismal, climbing down a ladder, or using the stairs. We opted for the more traditional option down to the entrance, but we did brave scaling the wall as our exit! 

Our evening ended at the Ben Abeba Restaurant, which is precariously perched on the side of the cliff overlooking the valley below. It seem to be a Dr. Seuss-inspired design, and is owned and operated by a Scotswoman. The setting was perfect as we watched the sun descend over the almost surreal patchwork of the landscape below.


Exploring Addis


 W2T Executive Director Susanne Wilson is visiting our partners and projects in Africa. After several days in Uganda, she has been joined in Ethiopia by W2T supporter and veteran traveler Nancy Lehmann-Carssow.


After Nancy arrived this morning, we spent the day exploring the city. Our driver, Mulat, drove us through the labyrinth of streets that make up the Addis Ababa market.  The market offers an explosion of colors and smells and items for sale. The market is arranged in categories such as jewelry, pots and pans, cooking oil, spices, almost any item a person might desire. One whole section of the market is dedicated to recycled items including tires (used for making shoes), jerry cans, electrical parts, car parts..any kind of parts of anything. 

In addition to exploring the market, we witnessed the diversity that exists in Addis Ababa by the churches dotting its skyline; mosques, Greek Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, Armenian, and Catholic. Ethiopia appears to enjoy a religious tolerance unparalleled in many countries in Africa. 

According to Nancy, the traffic in Addis makes the traffic of Cairo look calm. The horn is the tool of the trade for drivers.  Constant honking and dodging people, other vehicles, and the occasional donkey are all part of the constant movement of vehicles in Addis. 

After a bit of freshening up, we were treated to a traditional Ethiopian dinner and dancers in the style of Ethiopia. The dancers use their necks, shoulders, and heads and the movement is unlike any style of dancing I’ve ever witnessed. It is as though the dancers are void of bones. The buffet dinner offers both fasting and non-fasting goods. The non-fasting items were non-animal products, mostly vegetables and salads, and the injera with shiro (made of chickpeas and spices), which is are traditional foods. The dinner was accompanied by honey wine, which is a sweet, light yellowish colored wine made from the local honey. 

Tomorrow we are traveling to Lalibela, a World Heritage Site that is home to the famous rock-hewn churches.


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