Time for the annual Living Water Project Bracket Challenge!

It’s March, and the Madness is back. Your entry into our unique NCAA Tournament bracket pool will help provide clean, life-giving water around the world. Bill Rieder of Brentwood, TN has won the past two years. Can he make it a three-peat in 2019?

The LWP Bracket Challenge winner will have the privilege of honoring a loved one through a 2019 Living Water Project well

To enter:
Make a $20 donation PER BRACKET (5 bracket max) via www.livingwaterwells.org/donate to enter the contest.  Larger gifts are always welcomed.  All proceeds benefit the Living Water Project, and will go toward construction of life-giving wells.
IMPORTANT: Please put "Bracket Challenge" in the Add Special Instructions To The Seller blank on PayPal.

….then proceed to http://livingwater.mayhem.cbssports.com/ to enter your picks. The brackets lock on Thursday, March 21st at 11:00 am CST. 

Questions?  Contact Jon Lee at jlee@livingwaterwells.org

Good luck, and thanks for playing!

End of Year Giving

THE GIFT OF WATER

It keeps our Christmas trees green, boils sweet potatoes for the casseroles, and it makes chocolate into a delicious hot drink.  We turn the faucet, and there it is. Clean and fresh. Instantaneous. But many are not so blessed.

More than 1 in 10 of our global neighbors lack ready access to clean water.  For them, getting water means carrying 5 gallons at a time, bucket perched on their head, for miles, everyday.  That water is often not clean, but drawn from a source that carries disease and parasites. It is mostly the women and girls doing the lifting and carrying, taking them away from opportunities for school and work.   

Together, we can bring good tidings of great joy to some of these neighbors.  The Living Water Project works with local Christian ministry partners who help us place wells and water sources where they are needed most.  Those ministers bring the good news of Jesus to the same people receiving the good news of life-giving water. These projects are dug and built by local tradesmen, delivering water for, on average, $9 per person.  That modest amount can save a life from death, sickness, blindness, and disease, just by providing what we take for granted. Every penny of your donation goes to water projects because we are completely volunteer-run.  

This year, Living Water is working in more than a dozen countries in Africa and Central America.  We have plenty of opportunities to put your gifts to work. Here’s how you can help -

  • Year-End Generosity.  Generously include Living Water in your giving this year.  We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so your donations are tax deductible.

  • Monthly Giving.  Sign up to be a monthly donor.  We can facilitate an automatic gift that will share your generosity all year long.  This year, we set a goal of ending 2018 with 33 monthly donors. We currently have 19.  Help us meet our goal!

  • Give the Gift of Water.  Make a donation to Living Water to honor someone on your Christmas list. 

  • Corporate Gifts.  Talk to your business, employer, or church about making a gift to Living Water.  We have corporate partners who honor their commitment to mission, social justice, and honoring their people by sharing the gift of clean water.

  • Amazon Smile.  Designate Living Water as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile.  Here’s how.  Every dollar you spend on Amazon, when you shop through smile.amazon.com (same stuff, same prices as Amazon without the smile) results in a donation to the charity you designate.  

Your giving will change lives.  Please join us. We promise good stewardship of every gift.  


TLWP Partner Spotlight: Alfred Beyan & Liberia

When people ask us how the Living Water Project thrives by an all-volunteer model, the answer is simple: We have outstanding, dedicated local partners in every country where we’re active.  The newest of these partners is Alfred Beyan, who lives in Monrovia, Liberia.  After being introduced to Alfred through a common acquaintance in 2016, it immediately became clear that he is passionate about reaching the people of Liberia with not only clean water, but also serving various other ways and bringing the Gospel of Jesus.  

Alfred works with a team of evangelists who go all over Liberia, having to trudge through jungle-like terrain to reach some remote villages.  Since our partnership with him began in October 2017, Alfred has overseen the completion of five new LWP wells in villages where he and his team serve. This October he identified five more villages in dire need of clean water, and construction is already well underway on three of those wells. 

One of the initial five Liberia wells constructed in July 2018 was in the village of Wee Town.  These pictures show the dirty stream the community had been using for drinking, cooking and cleaning, and the newly completed well bringing forth clean water.  After returning from praying and dedicating this well to the village, Alfred remarked, “I give God the glory that this well is finished.  I actually shed tears when I saw the water they had been drinking, cooking and washing with.”

The Living Water Project is grateful for Alfred, and for his hard work and dedication to serve the people of Liberia in the name of Jesus.  When you think of the Living Water Project, remember Alfred and our other local partners  - the “hands and feet of Jesus” that make this work possible.

Written by TWLP Director of Operations, Jon Lee

Local children gather water from the only water source they had prior to the well.

Local children gather water from the only water source they had prior to the well.

Happy children rejoice in their new well. Partners like Alfred Beyan advocate for to TLWP for their communities in need of clean water.

Happy children rejoice in their new well. Partners like Alfred Beyan advocate for to TLWP for their communities in need of clean water.

Give the Gift of Clean Water this Giving Tuesday!

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70% of our earth is covered in it.

65% of our bodies are made of it.

Yet, more than 1 in 10 of our global neighbors don’t have reliable access to clean water.

This giving Tuesday, won’t you join Living Water in giving the gift of clean water?

For Americans, clean, fresh water is abundant. We pay the bill, turn the tap, and it pours out— about 100 gallons a day for those of us in the United States. But many other countries do not have such access. In many places, our neighbors are dipping water from sources that carry river blindness, giardia, guinea worm, and other parasites and diseases. They then carry that water, sometimes for miles, 5 gallons at a time. It’s no wonder that they live on only 3.5 gallons a day. (That’s how much Americans flush in one or two trips to the bathroom!)

The lack of clean water and accompanying poor sanitation hit our youngest neighbors the hardest. Every year, more than 700,000 children ages 5 and under die from preventable diseases caused by lack of clean water. It hits our female neighbors hardest of all, particularly in places where they’re responsible for collecting water for the entire family. Such a time-intensive daily task makes it hard for them to go to school.

The good news? Living Water can bring water to these neighbors. Our large network of ministry partners alerts us to places that lack this life-giving resource, so we know where the needs are. We have drilling and construction partners who employ crews in-country to dig the wells and build the projects. We also employ an efficient process that allows us to complete these projects affordably. On average, our projects bring clean water at a cost of $9 per person.

$9 keeps our neighbor from catching a crippling or blinding parasite from a stream. It keeps infants and toddlers from fatal diarrhea. It frees girls to attend school. It frees all individuals from worry over a daily need, elevating the life and culture of the community.

Living Water currently has opportunities to provide wells in more than a dozen countries in Africa and Central America, and others will surely arise—like last year’s typhoon relief in the Philippines. Will you partner with us financially to bring clean water to our global neighbors?

Please give generously. Our organization is all volunteer-run, so your gift goes directly to clean water projects—to the gift of life.

TLWP Annual Dinner 2018 Results!

WHAT A NIGHT!
Thanks to our generous donors, our recent annual dinner raised $60,000!  TLWP board wasted no time in committing those funds to clean water. This week, we approved wells in Liberia, Cameroon, and Chad (like the one below in Chagoua). We also approved a well maintenance program alongside our partners in the region. If you weren't able to attend the dinner, it's not too late to give! (Click here to donate). Your donations will be turned into clean water in the coming months. Thanks again for partnering with us!

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RSVP for TLWP Annual Dinner!

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The Living Water Project Annual Dinner is quickly approaching. 

Click here to RSVP TODAY

We can't wait to see you there!

We invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Living Water Project fundraising dinner.  You will learn about the exciting work we do, people and ministries we partner with and serve, our all-volunteer-run model, and how you can be a part of our mission. 

This year's theme focuses on Nicauragua, where TLWP is partnering with local organizations in both new projects and well maintenance systems. Come enjoy some delicious, authentic Nicauraguan cuisine.

Dress: casual / business casual

Child care provided at no cost for families with children ages 10 and under (please sign up for this when you register).
 
As always, 100% of donations will go toward life-saving, community-transforming clean water projects.

Questions?  Contact Scott Schwieger at scott@thelivingwaterproject.us or 615-823-0919

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See you on September 13!

Cheers,

The Living Water Project Board