About the Campaign
How It All Began:
In 2011, Ed Scharlau came to Texas Lutheran University to speak about Water to Thrive in our chapel. Afterwards, two students, Amy Lees and Wako Bungula, got together with Tim Barr, the Director of the Center for Servant Leadership, and decided that TLU should start fundraising for a water well.
One of the students, Wako, was actually from Ethiopia, and Amy had led a fundraiser and funded a well through her church some years before. After hearing about the group, Elisa Wellnitz joined as well because of her past history with Water to Thrive! And thus, along with a few other students, our first committee sprouted. That year, we planned and organized a Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner. The next year we re-grouped, added another student with W2T history, Chelsea Woodmancy, and had another Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner.
Fast forward to 2019:
Our committee has now been an official student organization for several years. We host events throughout the year to raise awareness and allow the students, faculty, and staff to learn more about why we work so hard. This year we have improved efforts to do more presentations with local congregations and civic organizations to broaden awareness and invite others to join us in our mission of providing clean water.
We received so much support at our 2019 W2T dinner benefit and auction, we are already well on our way to funding our eighth well. With the support of the TLU and surrounding communities we know we can make well #8 happen! Water to Thrive has brought awareness to our campus about something so simple we hardly think about it: clean water! Water is so important, it can change a person’s life: from spending all day walking to bring home diseased water, to having enough time to start school. We are all people of this Earth, and being a global citizen means that we need to care for each other!
Excess contributions from our Well #7 & #8 campaign