For Amplify Austin 2017, we've set a goal of funding specific Amplify Austin water projects. Our first $2,500 will go to match funds raised by fifth graders at UT Elementary, where Water to Thrive gave a presentation last year and the students immediately wanted to jump in to help raise money for water. Through various fundraisers, including selling postcards they designed themselves, these young students have been working hard to help other kids their age across the globe in Africa. This will allow us to build an entire water project on behalf of the UT Elementary Fifth Grade Class.
After that, 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. We make a 100-percent pledge, that 100 percent of all full project sponsorships and 100 percent of any donations over $1,000 go directly to water work, so every penny raised by Amplify Austin will let Austinites serve a community in need.
We envision a world where we share our gifts and blessings to provide health, hope, and water to all. Currently 1/7 people in the world do not have access to clean water. Water to Thrive has provided safe, clean and sustainable water solutions to over 400,000 people through over 750 project within the last 8 years.
Right now almost a billion people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water. That's nearly a billion men, women, and children who don't have clean water to drink, bathe, do their dishes and laundry - one BILLION people who are at risk of deadly disease every single day because they have no place to get water.
The lack of clean water impacts everything.
When children get sick from diseases and parasites in water, they stay at home and fall behind in class. Young girls spend their days walking to collect water, and they are forced to drop out of school. Women spend up to 10 hours a day collecting water, giving them no time to make money for their family. When men become sick, they are unable to tend to their fields, which are typically the only source of food and income for their families. Every aspect of life is affected by the water crisis.
The inability to easily access clean water results in a loss of opportunity for men, women and children to break the cycle of poverty. Families are left in a web of sickness and subsistence farming. The next generation is born into a situation as desperate as their parents. All because there is no water.
Just think what could change if given access to a source of clean water closer to home. Think about the billions of hours of productivity that could be saved each year if women no longer had to trek for miles in search of water. Think about the millions of hours of education that children would gain in school if they weren't walking for water or sick with a waterborne disease. Think about the health improvements that would be seen if people were no longer forced to drink water teeming with bacteria and parasites.
And think about the difference we could make if we just decided to do something to help.
This is why Water to Thrive is dedicated to increasing awareness of the water crisis and raising the funds necessary to bring clean water to rural communities in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
2) Blog post after a mission trip: "At every well site we visited, the people were so very grateful for clean water. We were truly welcomed and blessed. It amazed me to see how one well at a cost of $5,000.00 could so profoundly help a community. I pray that if you've been reading this blog, you might find it in your heart to share some of your resources with Water to Thrive, so that they can continue the good work that I witnessed happening in Ethiopia." -- Nancy
3) In the isolated Ethiopian village of Bekafa, 15-year-old Meskele has been married for two years and has a one-year-old son named Kissa. Before Water to Thrive funded a well in her village, she spent her days gathering water. When asked about the difference between then and now in terms of health, safety, and time, she answers every question with a smile and "We don't have that problem anymore." But then she is asked how the well will change life for her son, and she answers immediately. "As soon as he is old enough, Kissa will be able to go to school. I never went because there wasn't time. But I want him to go, and now I think it will be possible. He will learn many things."