Clean water. Sometimes I take it for granted. But many in Africa still lack access to this primary source of life. I have been inspired by the number of people Lifetime Wells International has assisted and employed the last 13 years. My friends David Powell and Ken Wood, men of faith and humility, have used their expertise, time, and money to build native teams that complete water projects and empower many people in remote villages of Ghana and Tanzania. But the scale of the challenge remains daunting. Many of us have decided to join in the work. Please watch our Six in Six Campaign Video below and consider how you might join the effort by spreading the word or making a donation.
Wow! Thank you for making our first official fundraising campaign an overwhelming success! Your generosity far surpassed our original goal of providing six wells for needy communities in the North of Ghana. In six short weeks, you more than doubled that goal, allowing LWI to provide clean drinking water to thirteen villages!
Thank you to those whose donations made this campaign a success.
Thank you to those of you who decided to join the fundraising team and broadened the reach of our campaign.
Thank you to Dave Whaley for providing a generous $5,000 matching grant on #GivingTuesday, allowing Lifetime Wells International to set a single-day fundraising record of $13,300!
In the coming months, keep an eye on our website for information on the villages that will be reached thanks to your support!
12/6/19 - Campaign Update: (New Campaign Name #SixPlusSix)
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.
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.