Build wells, change lives.

Water to Thrive works to bring clean, safe water
to those who need it in rural Africa.



Working for Water

Water to Thrive transforms lives in rural Africa by bringing the sustainable blessing of clean, safe water to communities in need by connecting them to social investors, congregations, schools, individuals, and community groups with a heart to make a difference.

The Need for Water

Women and children walk for hours, miles each day. Waterborne diseases kill millions.

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Empowering Communities

We work with regional aid organizations to identify and implement water projects, and provide training to communities to help sustain the success of completed wells.

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968 Wells, 500,000+ People

Since funding our first well in 2008,
we have completed projects in hundreds of rural communities in four African countries.

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  • Hiwot 
    Water to Thrive completed a hand-dug well in her village of Ketin Serdi in 2008.

    I was only eight when this water well was constructed for our community. I remember my mom and my two older sisters were busy every day fetching water from a nearby river. Sometimes I couldn’t find anyone to give me breakfast and lunch, since they all went to fetch water. My sisters usually missed class and had no time to study. … I consider myself blessed. My little brothers and I have a safe water source just five minutes away. (more…) 

  • As part of our 10th anniversary celebration,
    a team of Water to Thrive supporters will climb
    Mt. Kilimanjaro in June to raise funds for our mission
    and raise awareness of our work.

    Learn more and support the climb

  • Our seventh annual signature fundraising event
    will be held Thursday, September 27, at Brazos Hall.

    Whet your appetite at chefstableaustin.org.

Build wells, change lives

Whether you give to a fundraising campaign for a specific water project or contribute to our Drop by Drop Fund that supports our infrastructure and sustains our mission, your support makes all the difference for rural African communities in need.

Current Campaigns

  • Widow’s Mite

    The “poor widow” of the Gospel of Luke gave her small amount and made a difference. This well campaign was created by a widow who will match the gifts given to it.

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  • Climb for Clean Water

    A team of our supporters will summit Mt. Kilimanjaro this June to raise awareness and funds for Water to Thrive. Meet Chef David Bull and our other climbers and make your pledge!

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  • Kaleb’s Third Well

    To celebrate his 6th birthday, Kaleb raised money for a well in his native Ethiopia. He went on to fund another. Now another!

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  • Hawkeye Water to Thrive

    Hawkeye Water to Thrive works with the University of Iowa and surrounding Iowa City community to raise money for water project construction.

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