Major Events

Climb Kilimanjaro with W2T

Stop what you’re doing. Be still and take a moment to think. Close your eyes and let your mind wander. Ask yourself the question: “What events in my life have shaped who I am?” It’s a hard question at first, but the more you think the more things will start to come to you. Maybe it's milestones like graduating college and beginning your career. The birth of a child or the death of someone close to you. Late night conversations and trips that weren't just beautiful places, but that changed the way you look at the world and yourself. If you’re thinking about all these moments and are both grateful for them and desperate for more, then you may be hearing your adventurous spirit call to you - and we have just what it needs.

In June 2018, as part of our year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary of service, Water to Thrive Executive Director Susanne Wilson will be leading an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in our service nation of Tanzania. Standing 19,318 feet above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. What better trip could you take to combine the adventure of a lifetime with changing lives forever?

Water to Thrive’s summer expedition will raise funds to support our mission of bringing clean, safe water to rural African communities in need, and will launch with visits to Tanzanian water projects. Afterwards, the group will begin the eight-day climb up the Lemosho Route of the mountain on target for a full moon summit.

The trip will take place June 14th – July 1st 2018, so mark your calendar. When presented with a challenge, it's tempting to try and talk ourselves out of it, and make ourselves believe we can't do it. So we leave you with these facts to inspire you:

  • South African Bernard Goosen twice scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. His first summit, in 2003, took nine days; his second, four years later, took only six. Born with cerebral palsy, Goosen used a modified wheelchair, mostly without assistance, to climb the mountain.

  • The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.

  • Nearly every climber who has summited Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top. (Now that’s a book I want to read!)

  • Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit.

We’re making preparations, so make it your goal for 2018, and contact Susanne at or by phoning 512.206.4495 for more information.



The Final Countdown...


We’re getting so close to our annual Chef’s Table Austin gala we can almost taste it! There has been so much interest so far this year and we have been blown away by how much this event grows each year. Chef’s Table is our biggest annual fundraiser that helps offset the operational expenses Water To Thrive incurs each year. It is important to us that when people donate towards water, 100% of their money goes toward funding a well. It’s events like Chef’s Table that help us raise the administrative money needed to make this possible. Last year the 2016 event netted over $94,000! This staggering total was a game changer to the impact we were able to make in east Africa. We can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish next year because of your generosity at Chef’s Table Austin 2017!

Tickets are still available, but act fast before ticket sales close on September 18th! We also wanted to remind everyone that for all tickets purchased from now until the end of ticket sales, we’ll be donating $10 of the proceeds of each ticket sold to Austin Disaster Relief Network to aid our fellow Texans suffering from #HurricaneHarvey in Houston and surrounding areas. It is devastating to see the damage and loss as a result of this storm, but is so uplifting to see people from all over the country coming to Houston's aid. Water to Thrive wants to do what we can, no matter how small, to help our brothers and sisters just a few hours from Austin in the aftermath and rebuilding process after the hurricane. Because together, we are #strongerthanthestorm!

If you haven’t had a chance to look at this year’s menus for Chef’s Table, make sure to check out our earlier blog post, or log onto Don’t put off getting your tickets for too long because sales close at NOON on Monday, September 18th, and we don’t want you to miss out!



See everyone there!


*This event would not be possible without some very special supporters, and a huge thank-you is in order for these incredible sponsors of Chef’s Table Austin 2017:









Chef's Table Austin 2017


We’re just about a month away from our sixth annual Chef's Table Austin gala and our mouths are already starting to water just looking at these chef menus. Tickets are on sale for the September 21st event and we’re thrilled to announce we’re already SOLD OUT of our VIP tickets, though there are still plenty of standard tickets available. The gala will be held at the beautiful Hotel Van Zandt this year, and it’s wonderful to see that so many of you are as excited for it as we are. If you haven’t secured your tickets yet, make sure you do so ASAP by clicking here!

If you’ve joined us in the past, or know someone who has, then we don’t have to tell you what a fun and inspiring evening awaits. Chef’s Table Austin is our largest fundraiser for Water to Thrive and is a truly unique evening. Some of Austin’s top chef’s come together to create unique menus for 10 or more people that will each be auctioned off live to the highest bidder. This event helps us continue to do our work of building wells providing clean water, while giving you the opportunity to experience the amazing food we’re known for here in Austin by bidding on chef dinner experiences. Some can even be redeemed in the comfort of your own home!

(Image above is from Chef's Table Austin 2016 at the Brodie Homestead.)


We’re honored that head chefs from restaurants such as Olive & June, Salt + Time, Second Bar + Kitchen, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya and so many more who have taken the time to stand with us in support of clean water. Now we’re sure you’re thinking what we’ve been thinking, "How could someone ever choose?!" Well we've got great news for you!


That’s right, you can now log onto at anytime to review each specially curated menu that will be auctioned off at the gala. Perhaps you’re interested in the delightful four course meal for 10 provided in your home complete with Jazz Music from Chef Janelle Reynolds of @t Large. Or maybe you’re not sure how many you want to invite or where you want the dinner... Then Chef Andrew Wiseheart’s menu from Chicon may be a perfect bid for you. If you win this experience, he’s standing by ready to collaborate with you on every detail of the evening. In addition, we've got menus from Chef Yesica Arredondo, Chef Bryce Gilmore, Chef Steven Meese, Chef Wolfgang Murber, and Chef Rob Snow.

There will also be a silent auction with signed memorabilia and high-value basket items up for purchase. Then before the live auction begins we’ll have a short program, and you’ll get to hear from each chef and learn why it’s so important for them to support our efforts to provide clean water for communities in east Africa. We look forward to Chef’s Table Austin every year because there’s truly something for everyone. Go check out the menus, gather your friends, and then come out for a wonderful evening of fun, food, music, and bidding for a good cause.

Bon Appétit!


One Day Only

It’s Amplify time! We’re one week away from the annual fundraising day, and excited to partner again with Amplify Austin. If you didn’t know, this is a wonderful platform provided by I Live Here, I Give Here to connect local donors with Austin area nonprofits. As a nonprofit founded and based in Austin since 2008, we love to partner with our local community. Mark your calendars, because this year’s Amplify Day begins at 6pm March 2nd, and ends 24 hours later at 6pm on March 3rd. We love this event and, as always, we pledge that 100 percent of all donations made go directly to clean water projects. So, every penny raised by Amplify Austin will let Austinites help serve a rural African community in need.

If you were part of our campaign last year, then you may recall how your generous donations helped us successfully reach our $10,000 fundraising goal. Additionally, as part of our campaign we partnered with Canyon Creek Elementary School and were able to match the money they had already raised to complete the funding of their well. We are so thankful for these kids and the hard work they put in, and to everyone who helped us reach our goal.

Canyon Creek Elementary


It continues to humble us to see so many different people, from various backgrounds, and over many generations, come together to help change the lives of those living without clean water. Last year our Executive Director, Susanne, went to speak to the 5th grade class at UT Elementary School. After Susanne’s water presentation the students immediately jumped into action to fund a well. Through various fundraisers - including selling postcards they designed themselves - these young students are already over a fourth of the way finished funding their own well! We love partnering with all of you to reach goals and fund wells, so we’ve pledged the first portion of our $10,000 goal for Amplify 2017 to go toward matching the progress these kids have made on their well campaign.


Susanne at UT Elementary UT Elementary Students


After we’ve matched UT Elementary’s fundraising efforts, every $5,000 we raise will fully fund one well in a rural African community, with recognition going to Water to Thrive's Amplify Austin Donors. Are you excited to donate, but afraid you’ll forget on the day? Not a problem. Through our Donation Page on Amplify's website you can schedule your donation at any time, and it’ll be charged on March 2nd during the event. We’ve already had over $1,000 in donations scheduled! Be sure to check our Facebook page frequently throughout this 24-hour period to see our progress in reaching our goal of $10,000. We’re excited for the big day next week, and to see how our Austin community will help us impact these African communities in need.




Join Us This Summer

Ethiopia 2016

Ever dreamt about going to the diverse, dynamic continent of Africa? Now is your chance.

Water to Thrive is going to Ethiopia June 9th-25th for its supporters to get a firsthand view into Ethiopia’s rich culture and Christian heritage and we want YOU to join.

You’ll be able to witness the transformation that clean, safe water brings to the communities we serve, build lasting relationships with the Ethiopians you meet, and see all the remarkable sights Ethiopia has to offer. It will be a life-changing experience for a life-saving mission!

If you are interested or have additional questions, contact Susanne Wilson at or 512-206-4495.


Run For Those Who Walk!

The Pump Run

Want to support the mission of clean water? Sign up for Water to Thrive’s annual Pump Run, which includes a 5K Run, Kids’ 1K Fun Run, and a Virtual 5K Run. After the race, you can expect face painting, balloon animals, games, screen printing, a jerry can relay, and more! This is a family-friendly event and pet-friendly too (as long as they are on a leash)! Come walk or run on February 27th to help put an end to the global water crisis. Register now!

To sign up or for more information visit 


Pump Run 5K - Join Us

Pump Run

This February 27th, run for those who have to walk. Water to Thrive is hosting the annual Pump Run, a 5K race supporting the mission of providing cleaner, safer water to parts of rural Africa. Every year, millions of people are left without clean water. Education, time, health, and empowerment are just a few of the assets that are forfeited when people do not have access to clean water. 

But by signing up to participate in the Pump Run, either virtually or in person, you can make a difference in this global water crisis. You can be the difference in multiple school girls receiving an education because they no longer have to walk 5 miles to gather water every day. You can be the difference in mothers starting their own businesses or improving their homes since they will have more time and resources to do so. Please consider running for those who walk with jerry cans full of dirty water for their families every day.

To sign up or for more information, visit

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!


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