Lifetime Wells International Year End Fundraising Campaign

#SixInSix - Help us raise $31,500 in Six weeks to drill Nine wells in Northern Ghana!

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$1,355 by 13 people

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Mark Taber

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Team Members

Mark

$1,355 / 13 donors

David

$17,350 / 37 donors

Ron

$3,910 / 17 donors

Dave

$5,650 / 8 donors

Jim

$1,100 / 10 donors

Stephen

$1,425 / 7 donors

N & J

$750 / 4 donors

Chris

$1,000 / 2 donors

Kristen

$650 / 3 donors

Rob

$160 / 3 donors

Burnet

$50 / 1 donor

Mark's Story

Hi Friends. 

The organization I am fortunate to be a part of, Lifetime Wells International, is in the midst of our first-ever "Year-End" Fundraising campaign, and I need your help. We have set an ambitious goal to raise $21,000 to fund six wells in Northern Ghana over the next six weeks. We're calling it our #SixInSix campaign, and I am excited to see what we're able to do with your support.

(Christine and me eating Guinea Hen at the drill site)

I had the privilege to travel to Ghana in August to meet our in-country team, visit communities that have already benefited from your support and see the conditions in villages we haven't yet reached. One of those communities visited was Borgbaln located in the Northern District of Saboba. Like much of the northern part of the country, the residents of Borgbaln face the harsh realities of living in extreme poverty. They are subsistence farmers who live in a remote area of the country and lack even the most basic infrastructure.

(Typical village in rural Ghana, round mud huts with thatched roofs)

When we were asked to visit the village, Borgbaln was in the midst of a Typhoid outbreak. At the time, nine people had been taken to the hospital, and one child had already died. The water they were drinking was literally killing them. It was a tough visit for me, seeing first-hand the impact of drinking dirty water; but my discomfort is nothing compared to the daily living conditions they endure. The Chief of the village wanted to know if we could do something to help them.

(This water is used for cleaning, washing, watering the animals and drinking) 

Guess What?

There was something we could do!  Now that the rainy season has ended, our drilling rig is in the Saboba region and making it's way to Borgbaln. Soon, our team will be providing the community with a safe water source they so desperately need.

What I think is awesome about this story is disease and death caused by dirty water won't happen here again. The people of Borgbaln will have clean water, and the children growing up now will not remember a day when they had to drink water from a filthy pond.

This is why I started working for LWI, to do what  I can to help those who don't have a voice. However, I realize that nothing we do would be possible without the help of friends like you:

  • Friends who have donated to the cause and keep our drilling team going.
  • Friends who have started water-walks, raising funds to sponsor entire well projects.
  • Friends who have liked, shared, tweeted and retweeted to spread the word about the work we're doing.

As we head into the end of the year, we pause in November to remember why we are thankful. When I stop to count my blessings, my trip to Ghana reminds me that there are so many things for which to be thankful.

Having clean water no more than a few steps away is one of the things I have taken for granted, because I've never known a time when my drinking water wasn't safe.

How cool is this?

Someday, kids in the villages we serve will also take for granted the fact that clean, cool water flows from the pump in their village. They will be as oblivious as I was to the blessing of clean water.


That's my story. Knowing that I play a small part in this mission is a great motivation to get out of bed and start my day. Connecting people who are passionate about helping others with an organization that has helped over 1,500,000 people in Ghana and Tanzania, just might be the best job in the world.

Now, it's your chance to join the mission!

If you can afford to donate, make a donation today.

Donate a lot.

Donate a little.

Set up a monthly recurring donation that you won't even see coming out each month (It's like Disney+, but it provides clean water for communities in need and saves lives!).

If you can't afford to donate, you can still help. Share our social media and website content with your friends. Follow us, like our page, comment, retweet---do whatever it is you do on social media, and help get our organization and our mission out there! The more people we reach, the more people we can help.

Thanks for your support and let me know if there are any questions I can answer.

If your church, company or organization would like to have someone from our team come and speak to your group, let me know! I'm always up for traveling to see friends and to tell people about the awesome work that LWI is doing. Here's hoping that we reach the next 1,500,000 people in half the time it took to reach the first.

Mark

PS: Take a look at the full campaign page below and make sure to watch the video to get a fuller picture of the need in the communities of Northern Ghana.

Lifetime Wells International's Story

12/6/19 - Campaign Update: (New Campaign Name #SixPlusSix)

Thank you!

We are officially half-way through our year-end fundraising campaign and I for one, could not be more pleased with the results. Each step of the way, you have risen to the challenge we set and exceeded our expectations.


We started this campaign with a goal to raise $21,000, allowing us to provide six villages with wells:

Twelve Days into the campaign you had already met the goal, so we pushed our goal to to $31,500.

Three days later we kicked off our first #GivingTuesday campaign, with a $5,000 matching grant provided by our friend Dave Whaley.  

#GivingTuesday was an amazing success, our aggressive goal was no match for your generosity. In one day, you raised $13,300 for Lifetime Wells International!

Today, our campaign total is $37,000 and we're increasing our campaign goal to $42,000. This will allow us to provide 12 wells to the people of Northern Ghana.

Midway through our 2019 Year-End Fundraising Campaign, all I can say is thank you.


Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you for partnering with us and believing in our mission.

Thank you for seeing the need and deciding that you can do something about it.

Sincerely,

Mark Taber
Executive Director - Lifetime Wells International

12/3/19 - Campaign Update:

Today is #GivingTuesday! Watch Dave's video below to learn about his matching grant in support of Lifetime Wells International!

12/1/19 - Campaign Update:

Wow, did we underestimate your dedication to our shared mission!

We set a goal that we thought we could reach by the end of the year and in two short weeks, you've already pushed us past it!

Our original goal was to fund six wells for villages in Northern Ghana, given the success that we've had already, we are going to increase that goal to nine wells! That will push our goal up to $31,500 - a 50% increase over the original goal.

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to support the people of Northern Ghana. If you haven't made a contribution yet, please partner with us to help reach more villages in need.

This is Borgbaln, a village of about 1,900 in the Saboba District of Northern Ghana.

Like many villages in rural Ghana, Borgbaln is dependent on the annual rains to supply much of their drinking water, which collects in small shallow ponds. These ponds quickly become stagnant and are teeming with algae, bacteria, and viruses. All of which lead to disease and even death for the villagers who have to drink it to survive.

Each day, the women and children of Borgbaln walk the well-worn paths to the water-hole. Compared to many, they are considered lucky, since their walk is only 15 minutes each way. This doesn't mean it is easy. Each 5-gallon bucket they carry back weighs 42lbs, backbreaking work for even the strongest among them.


Because of the shortage of water in the region, each day brings the difficult decision of how best to use it. Mothers must decide whether or not it’s for cooking, washing bodies or cleaning clothes. Without an abundant water supply, there is never enough to do all three.

Now for the good news.

Lifetime Wells International was founded to end the misery caused by drinking dirty water. Our drill team in Northern Ghana is on the road for more than 250 days each year. They happily drive the rough country roads to bring water, life, and peace to their people, knowing that each well they drill means increased health, productivity,  and opportunity for education in the villages they serve.

In the last 13 years, Lifetime Wells International has drilled over 2,300 wells, bringing clean water to the people who need it most. That's over 1,500,000 people who have access to clean water because of the real hero in our story, YOU. Your support of Lifetime Wells International has allowed our team to make a difference for so many!

Today, you have a chance to join the fight.

Over the next six weeks, Lifetime Wells International is allocating all of the funds raised during this campaign to support the drilling efforts in Northern Ghana. With your support, we hope to raise at least $21,000 to provide wells to six villages. That's clean drinking water for almost 5,000 people. We’re calling it our #SixInSix Campaign, and it's a lofty goal considering this is our first fundraising effort. We've set the bar high, but we know that we can do it with your support. 

You can support the cause by:

  • Following us on social media and sharing our content to get the word out.
  • Becoming a fundraiser (click the "Fundraise" button) and ask your network to help you support our efforts.
  • Donating whatever you can. 100% of every dollar donated will go directly to financing one of the water projects. 

Thank you for your support! We can't wait to see what you're able to accomplish for the people of Northern Ghana!

Visit our Website for more information about our work in Ghana and Tanzania.

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