WaterStep welcomed Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite to our international headquarters with open arms. Dr. Nisreen received the 2017 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. She established the World Women’s Health and Development Forum at the United Nations, is the founder of the Women in Science International League, the founder of MUTE International Program and a co-founder of the Culture for Peace Program. She also was the “catalyst” for the UN General Assembly proclaiming Feb. 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Amazing feeling knowing a shipment of WaterStep’s safe water tools and other supplies is on the way to Venice, Florida to aid those affected by Hurricane Irma! We’re working with Phos Community Church who organized a community drop off event last night and Agape Flights who is transporting and distributing these supplies to the most critical areas in South Florida and the Caribbean. Two of our award-winning M-100 chlorine generators will be used to produce safe water for drinking, showering and cooking, and four of our bleach makers will be used to provide disinfectant for cleaning and sanitizing.
WaterStep is so grateful for two recent grants in the amount of $25,000 each from the Louisville Water Foundation and the UPS Foundation. This $50,000 will help fund renovations at our headquarters that will allow us to expand and enhance our manufacturing and assembly capabilities. That means MORE equipment going out in the field, and MORE lives saved with safe water. The renovations are already underway and will be completed by December of this year.
If you are interested in learning more about this important expansion here at the headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky – please contact Kurtis Daniels!
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!
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.