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BE A FORCE FOR GOOD by donating online to WaterStep, Sept 14


Have you dreamed of making history? You can make history by donating HERE to WaterStep on Sept 14 during WaterStep’s biggest day of online giving. $10 is the minimum gift and WaterStep is hoping to raise $50,000 dollars with at least 300 donors! WaterStep knows a special young lady who has dreamed of making history. Her name is Lucy Westlake. Lucy is a 13 year old girl with a passion to use her gift of climbing mountains to bring awareness and raise money for the water crisis in our world.

It was through Lucy’s six year journey of climbing mountains that the door opened for her to travel to Uganda to bring safe water to Faith and her family. Through years of written communication that began through Operation Christmas Child, Lucy had learned about Faith’s life and community in Uganda. She heard stories and saw pictures of how children suffer from waterborne illnesses because they do not have access to safe water. Faith lives in eastern Uganda, a rural area made up of small villages with little to no infrastructure. Families live in huts and survive off the crops they plant and the animals they raise. The women and children in the villages walk up to 2 miles every day to fill their jerrycans with contaminated water from a hole in the ground.

Because of Lucy’s determination, a safe water system now exists in Uganda and is providing safe water for over 2000 people a day. Hope now exists in a community that had felt forgotten. Health now exists in a region ravaged by disease. Joy exists in the faces of the many children when water flows.

It is hard to comprehend that millions of people around the world wake up and struggle for water every day. We wake up and expect there to be safe water flowing from the faucet. It was a real-eye opener for me to experience this first hand. It grips your heart because you know you can do something about it.”
Lucy Westlake, 13 years old

When YOU give to WaterStep on Sept 14 during Give For Good Louisville, you are helping us tackle the world’s water crisis.  Did you know that 663 million people lack access to safe water? Did you know that every 30 seconds a child dies from a waterborne illness? Did you know that 80% of all disease in the world is caused by contaminated water?

THANK YOU FOR SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER!  To donate on Sept 14, click here!


WaterStep in Brazil

On August 6th, WaterStep traveled with a medical team from Walnut Street Baptist Church (led by Doctors Steve and Pat Wheeler) to Brazil to work alongside AMOR (Amazon Mission Organization). The thirteen member team, including 4 WaterStep team members, arrived in Manaus and was greeted by William Walker, Executive Director of AMOR. The team boarded a boat that became their home base for twelve days. The captain, crew and translators truly were a part of saving lives with safe water! The two villages in which WaterStep worked in were located in the Lake Curumucuri Region of the Amazon Basin and were only accessible by boat.

Upon arrival to the villages, WaterStep met with local leaders to access the installation sites of the organization’s M-100 chlorine generators. The two villages were an hour apart one way by boat. WaterStep found that the primary water source for drinking came directly from the waters of the Amazon Basin. After much collaboration with the community leaders, the WaterStep team installed two water systems successfully, trained pastors and local village leaders in implementation of the M-100 and BleachMaker, taught health education and hygiene, and led very meaningful dedication ceremonies at each site. The WaterStep team also led a Vacation Bible School and made home visits where they prayed with and for people and educated them on the importance of safe water.

Kristal Monroe, one of the WaterStep team members, had no idea what providing safe water to people meant until she saw it first hand. She did not realize, until meeting WaterStep, that many people die from illnesses caused by unsafe drinking water. During her time in the Amazon Basin, she watched many women and children walk to the river to get contaminated water that they would use for the day. She heard stories from local leaders about how children and teenagers had almost died from unsafe drinking water. Kristal realizes, now more than ever, that safe water should not be taken for granted.


An Honorable visit

 

On Monday July 10, 2017 WaterStep welcomed The Honorable Minister Patil from India. The Honorable Minister holds many leadership roles in India, some including; Minister of State for textiles and Food processing, minister for Agriculture, law, Justice, Human rights affairs and Water resources. The Honorable Minister came to the WaterStep headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky to learn more about our products and mission.

His passion working with the people of India includes providing safe water for over 30,000 communities.

Interested in WaterStep’s product line, The Honorable Minister’s visit consisted of a tour around the warehouse where he was able to see our manufacturing area, our Water school where trainings are held and experience a live demonstration of our M100 Chlorinator, Bleach Maker disinfection tool and the new W.O.W. emergency response unit.

WaterStep was honored to welcome him. It’s experiences like these that allow WaterStep’s mission to be embraced and spread by high level international leaders. We want to thank the Honorable Minister for taking the time to come and understand our passion for saving lives with safe water. And, we hope to work together to provide clean water internationally.


WaterStep Liberia

 

 

Andrew Gardour is a partner with WaterStep in Liberia. Andrew decided to visit WaterStep in the United States and has been staying with us for 3 weeks. While Andrew was here he attended a hand pump repair training, helped create future plans for partners in Africa and met the WaterStep team. However once Andrew arrived the WaterStep team realized that there was more to this visit than we thought.

 

Andrew had pain in his eye for about a year before he came to America. Andrew had noticed some pain in his eye and had it checked out while he was in the United States previously. At the check up he learned that he had a hole in his retina and that was the reason he was feeling the pain. Andrew returned to Liberia having had no treatment “I didn’t know how costly it would be, I didn’t have the means.” said Andrew.

 

3 weeks ago, Andrew returned to WaterStep head quarters in Louisville, Kentucky. During this visit Andrew had mentioned to WaterStep in passinimage1g that his eye was still affecting him. Not knowing the severity Andrew came to USA for training and a visit. He did not know that while he was here he would receive a surgery that would change his life forever.

 

With Andrews well being in mind WaterStep decided to have his eye checked out again, that is when they learned that Andrew would need surgery. With his eye consistently shrinking if Andrew had gone back to Liberia without help his eye would have caused an infection and put Andrews Life in danger. With WaterStep supporting him he went into surgery on a Friday, with the hope that they could stop the shrinking of the eye and help him restore some of his sight.

 

On Monday June 12, Andrew went in for his final check up. He received news that he had regained some sight in his eye and the hole in the retina had been repaired. The doctors said that Andrew was healing at an extraordinarily fast rate. “when I came here I did not know that WaterStep would be helping me through this, I was very surprised.” Said Gardour. “we are a family I don’t feel like I’m in a different place WaterStep accepted me as my own brother or sister would have,” … “They [WaterStep] really are a worldwide family.”

 

Now that Andrew has had his surgery and is healing ahead of schedule he has returned back to Liberia to continue working on his project. “it really is a miracle, this visit has opened doors for me,” … “that is my prayer right now, WaterStep opened doors for me and I pray that they continue doing that around the world.

 

Andrew’s project reaches around 2,000 people in Monrovia, Liberia. Through the dedication and donations of the WaterStep community including funding for the operation, hotel stays, after care appointments etc. WaterStep and our community was able to make sure that those people in Liberia would continue to have safe water. Our community works together to restore and maintain providing Safe lives through safe water.


WaterStep welcomes students from India

On Friday, June 9, WaterStep welcomed six students from India to tour our offices in Louisville Kentucky. The students have a summer-long internship at a local engineering company.  All of the students are studying engineering in India at the same university.

At the beginning of the tour many of the students shared their interest in WaterStep and the reasoning behind them touring our offices. Many of them said it was because they think that our mission statement, Saving Lives with Safe Water, is very important. Many of the students shared their personal experiences with us about the unhealthy and dangerous drinking conditions of their water. Rajat Garg, said “my experience with water is not very good,” he shared how when he was younger he got cholera due to the heavy pollution within the water. Every student said that with the right education they think their communities would be able to improve their situation, however, right now they do not know the proper precautions to take.

After the introductions the students took a tour of the offices to see the technology that goes into the equipment that we use. WaterStep hopes to continue teaching people about our mission statement so that they can return to their communities and make a difference. Thank you to the students who came out to visit.