Thank you, thank you, thank you! We wanted to pause for a moment to say thanks to everyone who contributed to Amplify Austin this year. Whether you donated, shared our posts, talked to your friends, or helped us fundraise in other ways, we thank you. With the funds raised during the 24-hour Amplify event, we were able to match the funds the 5th grade class at UT Elementary School had already raised, and fully fund their well!!
As always, the additional donations received have been put toward the funding of future wells, dedicated to the donors of Amplify Austin 2017. We’re so thankful for the support we continue to receive and all that each of you do to help us continue to provide clean water in these remote communities. Because we have been blessed by you, we are able to bless others. So, again, thank you.
In the countries we serve, the burden of water literally falls on the shoulders of women and mothers. When a community lacks clean, safe water, the women of the village must trek for miles to find a water source, then carry home a heavy jerry can filled with dirty water. Too often, their children make the trek with them. Far too often, their children suffer waterborne diseases from the tainted water source. But when Water to Thrive is able to place a water project in a village, everything changes. The water source is just minutes away. The water itself runs clean and pure. Mothers are able to turn their attention to other needs of their family, finding ways to supplement the family income and delivering their children to school.
This Mother's Day, give your mother the gift of changing another mother's life. Join our Mother's Day campaign. Every $500 we raise will bring the blessing of clean, safe water to 50 mothers in rural Africa. Whether you give a little or a lot, your gift to the mothers in your life will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those other mothers. Donate here and download a special Mother's Day Card here.
At Water to Thrive, we get the privilege to partner with local NGOs to implement our water work. By working with partners who are familiar with the countries and the communities in which we implement work, we are able to better understand the water need, the best ways to address it, and we are able to work efficiently and effectively to construct sustainable water wells.
One of our on-the-ground partners is Mityana Charity. Mityana Charity is based in Uganda and its mission is to “support and positively contribute to the lives of vulnerable Ugandans to attain full recognition in the society, through provision of Education Support, Poverty Relief Initiatives, Health systems Strengthening, Human Rights Awareness and embracing Christian Values.”
Mityana has a wide-range of specialties, and water is at the top of the list. They bring in local partners who know the geological and hydrological ins and outs, the land and villages, and the people so that together we are able to #ChangeLives in the communities where we work.
Want to help us #ChangeLives ? Contribute to our eight-week #ChangeLives campaign here. Put #ChangeLives in the "In honor of" box.
Yesterday was World Water Day, which this year observed the theme of water and work.
Here at Water to Thrive, we celebrated World Water Day by launching our #ChangeLives campaign. In the next eight weeks, we want to inspire 100 donors to give at least $50 each to support the foundation of our mission ... to support water and work.
As World Water Day made clear yesterday, water is work. In our case, water provides jobs for those who build our actual wells in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Having a well for clean, safe water in a village frees women from the burden of walking miles each day, giving them the time to develop enterprises to support their families, buy school supplies for their children, and to find dignity in their lives. To ensure the quality and sustainability of our work in Ethiopia, we employ an Ethiopian project manager, who strengthens our oversight and our partnerships there and who, by virtue of being Ethiopian, fully understands the importance of our work. Finally, we provide work here in Austin for a small team of committed, dedicated employees who are an essential part of our mission.
Usually we come to you asking for gifts that will allow us to build wells. We are proud of our "100 percent pledge" that all donations designated for water go to water. This campaign is only a little bit different. Every dollar we raise for operations allows us to invest seven dollars in water projects. Operations are the support structure, here in Austin and on the ground in Africa, that allows us to spread the word about our mission, engage our donors, work with our partners, identify our water projects, and then ultimately to build wells and change lives.
This is important enough to the life of the organization that we have a dedicated group of supporters, Water Angels, who give $1,000 a year specifically for operations. As part of the #ChangeLives campaign, we've set a goal of motivating one person each week to become a new Water Angel.
To give, please go to watertothrive.org/donate. Check the "in honor of" button and put "#ChangeLives" in the space provided, and your gift will make the work of providing clean water and changing lives a reality.
To become a Water Angel, whether as an individual or part of a group or business, please contact us directly through a message here or an e-mail to Executive Director Susanne Wilson at susanne at watertothrive dot org.
To help spread the word about our #ChangeLives campaign, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Every Wednesday, we'll mark #WaterWednesdaywith a campaign update and more information about our work and our needs. And please, share our posts. Let your friends know about our mission, and this opportunity to strengthen our foundation.
We are so blessed and impressed by every Water to Thrive supporter. How will you make a difference?
Communities in Africa benefit from the matching fund program, but so do our donors and supporters!
We are honored to have had the opportunity to speak at three services and a bible study at St. Paul’s last Sunday, and it is our pleasure to thank them for their continued support! St. Paul’s has already sponsored a total of 8 wells, providing water for thousands of people, and they are continuing to fundraise.
We look forward to the years of partnership to come and the MANY people who will be given clean water thanks to St. Paul’s!
Come on people, this isn’t the time to lie about your age….
Here is the page we were mentioned on! The pictures show some of our friends and staff while they were enjoying happy hour drinks and helping to further our mission.
We love that our friends are thinking of interesting ways to get others involved with bringing clean water to Africa! Let this fun idea get you thinking of other creative ways you can fundraise. We have seen so many different campaign strategies succeed, and we are excited to see the new ideas used in the future! If you need more information on how to start a campaign, email email@example.com.