Category Archives: Water

2011 Year-End Total: $48,339.86!

Wow!  Together in 2011, we raised nearly $50,000 for the people of India.

That will drill nearly 20 wells in rural India, and help more than 10,000 people take a step to break the cycle of poverty.  That is truly an amazing thing.

Thank you so much to the people that helped with the Water Cycle Project in 2011, and thank you so much to everyone who made a donation.  We couldn’t have done it without every single one of you.

So Happy With $22k+!

I just want to thank everyone for your generous donations so far. It’s unbelievable that together we’ve raised more than $22,000 for clean water in India!

With that money, more than 5,000 people will have clean drinking water for life, as well as enough for hygiene, livestock and irrigation! That’s unbelievable! We’re talking serious life change.

We’re talking double-the-average-life-span change, we’re talking 96%-less-kids-under-5-dying-of-diarrhea change. We’re talking about real power, real lives, never-be-the-same-again-for-5,000-people change.

Now that they don’t need to spend their whole day fetching water, women and children are empowered to go to school and find new occupations. This money empowers minority groups and pacifies conflict by allowing each village to have convenient, safe access to their own water supply.

For me, one of the best parts is that when we say $22,000, we mean $22,000. Every single one of those dollars goes directly to well drilling. We don’t pay any expenses out of that money, and we didn’t spend any money to solicit those contributions. That is truly amazing to me.

Thank you everyone for your selfless contributions. What seems like a such a small amount to us is literally worth a lifetime of change to someone in India.

God loves all his children, and this is how we get to show them. No judgment, no intrusion–just clean water.

A Success Story!

We’ve been talking so much about our events lately, we’ve been neglecting the actual wells!

I talked to Pastor Stephen last week, and they’ve completed another well that will service a village of hundreds of families!

This particular well is in a mountainous area where they were unlikely to find water, but Pastor Stephen’s geologist located four spots he thought were likely to produce water.  Pastor Stephen and his team prayed and selected one that they thought would be best and told the Hindu village that they were going to drill a well there.

They drilled the well more than 700 feet and there was no water.  They cleaned it out many times and there was no water.  The residents in the village were grumbling and scoffing after the promises of water didn’t come true.

So Pastor Stephen and his crew sealed the well with a stone.  For three days they left it alone and prayed for the well.

On the third day they returned, removed the stone, cleaned out the well one last time…and there was water!

This well will provide enough water for everyone in the village to use every day, as well as their livestock and even some for irrigation.

This particular village had a government well several kilometers away that they could walk to, but it was controlled by militant Muslims who insisted that their people drink first, leaving the Hindus to wait late into the day to take whatever was left over.

Now they have access to clean drinking water out of a well controlled by the village itself.  God provides for all of his children.

What I Love About Water: Goats and Greens!

Having the ability to radically change the life of a community is an incredibly joyful experience for me.  I don’t feel bad about all of the privileges and luxuries I enjoy, instead I feel exuberant and grateful for the abundance that we have to share, and so thankful that we know Pastor Stephen and have such an incredible opportunity to make a difference.

One of my favorite things about drilling village wells is that the abundance of accessible water often provides enough for animals and irrigation!

There are lots of popular programs right now to give third-world families chickens and goats and cows and things.  These are great programs, but if your village still doesn’t have a well it just means that you now have to carry water for your goat too!  :-)

The well that we drilled in Mathurampurama village provides enough daily water that the surplus can be used to irrigate up to 10 acres of land.  That’s a significant amount of land!

A village well means extra water for livestock, chickens and irrigation, which in turn means better nutrition and a higher quality of life.

Eggs, milk, meat, poultry, a variety of fresh vegetables — formerly impractical because you had to carry water, now easily sustainable and a staple of life.

It’s unbelievable!

Please share in our joy and consider making a donation to The Water Cycle Project today.  Every $1 donated goes directly to well drilling teams in India.  There are no middle men or commissions, and The Water Cycle Project has no paid staff.

Fun Facts About Water

Here’s a page full of unbelievable information about the global water crisis: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/

It’s important to note that it’s an issue of access, not of supply.  Check it out, I’ve not verified any of them, but at the least, it’s good food for thought and water.org seems to be a stand-up organization.

Please consider making a donation today. Even a small amount will have a tremendous effect on a person’s life, and the outcome of an entire village.

What I Love About Water: It Empowers Women

I want you to share the joy that I have for giving water.  One of my favorite things about giving water, is the effect that it has on the value of women in rural Indian society.

When it comes to gender equality, India is actually very progressive.  Check out this Wikipedia article.  The current President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil is a woman, and they even have a “Women’s Reservation Bill” which guarantees women the right to at least 33% of all seats in parliament.

Unfortunately, this enthusiasm for women’s equality in legislature is not matched in rural areas where traditional values take precedence over the unenforced national laws.  Female infanticide (killing baby girls), female illiteracy and gender bias and abuse are the norm for many parts of rural India.

The fact that a woman’s primary role is water-fetching doesn’t help.  When we provide wells to these villages, we free up women’s time and allow them to seek other opportunities.

Instead of fetching water, young women can attend school and learn to read.  Adult women can engage in some sort of craft or trade and begin contributing monetarily to their family’s needs.

Once women are literate, it’s much more likely that they’ll be aware of the protections they’re entitled to and the recourse available to them, and be able to articulate to their husbands, brother and fathers what treatment they deserve.  When they have time to participate in local politics they can begin exercising the rights their constitution grants them.

When women physically control a portion of the family’s income they now have the ability to influence their family’s spending and leave when threatened with abuse.

One of the fantastic things about drilling wells with Cornerstone Ministries and Pastor A. Stephen is that he understands the whole picture.  Not only does he provide water, but he also has a seamstress school with dormitories where young women can learn to apply their new-found time to a profitable micro-enterprise, as well as other programs.

His wonderful wife Queeny, who is also an Indian, is an important part of his ministry and it shows.

Cornerstone Ministries also operates a home for girls.  Mostly between 5 and 7 years old, many of these are girls were nearly victims of female infanticide that Pastor Stephen and Queeny have saved.  Drilling wells provides an in-road for compassion and understanding to Hindu families who would rather see their children die than grow up in a Christian home.

I am so happy that we can be a provide water for families in India.  It’s about so much more than clean water and longer lives and more free time, access to water is the very foundation of human community and it’s such an honor to play even a small role in that.

Please partner with us and consider making a donation today.  We can drill a well for $2,500 to $5,000 that will effect the lives of hundreds of families and provide permanent opportunities for hundreds of women to grow past abuse and create a new value for themselves.

What I Love About Water: It’s For Life!

I honestly, truly love the fact that we get to give water to thirsty people in India.  We have the power to instantly, seeming magically increase average life span, decrease child mortality, improve literacy rates, empower women and provide opportunities.  That’s an incredible feeling!

One of my favorite things about water: it’s for life.  We give a village a well, and that well lasts forever.  Those people are set for water for life.

The risk of providing any type of aid is that the community receiving the aid will develop dependency, and this state of dependency will be worse than the original condition.

This isn’t the case with village wells.  The wells that Pastor Stephen installs are simple mechanical wells, and young men in the village are trained to provide all of the necessary maintenance and services before the project is complete.  (see this video of one of our wells in action)

A small investment that’s less than $4 per villager will provide all of the water the village needs to drink, as well as extra for livestock and irrigation, for the rest of their lives.

Please share in this fantastic opportunity we have.  Consider making a donation today, and as always, please contact us for more ways to be involved.

What I Love About Water: It’s Cheap!

I love that we have the opportunity to provide fresh water for people.  I really do.  I feel so much joy for the abundance that I have and so much passion for this cause, that I feel like if I didn’t give people want, I’d just  bust.  I want you to feel the same way.

One of the things I love about giving water is that it’s cheap!  Due to our unique connections with Pastor Stephen in India, and our organization’s set up, we can provide a lifetime supply of clean water to 600 or more people for only $2,500.  That’s amazing!

Pastor Stephen is an indigenous Indian, meaning that he’s ethnically a dark-skinned Indian, and he was born there.  This is a significant advantage, because, try as we might, it’s expensive to keep Americans in foreign countries.  I’ve known Pastor Stephen most of my life, and I trust him wholeheartedly.  He’s a model of efficiency, and he lives on the meager means that Indians do.

It also helps that we’re a zero-overhead organization.  Even the best organizations usually don’t actually get more than 60% to the target (many deliver as little as 4% to the target).  Because we’re small and we’re run by volunteers, and we don’t have any significant marketing or infrastructure costs, we can send every donor dollar directly to the target.

We are truly blessed to have this network in place.  Please take advantage of it, and share my joy in giving water!  It’s wonderful.

Guest Blog | Jessica

This is a guest blog from Jessica.   She also writes a blog highlighting Twenty Dollar Dates in the Columbus area, check it out at TwentyDollarDates.com

I had the privilege of studying abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico my 3rd year of undergrad at OSU. I loved every single minute of it! Mexico is beautiful and full of never-ending culture–everywhere you look there’s something wonderful to see. My knowledge of the Spanish language grew and my appreciation of Mexican culture grew as well.


I woke up everyday to warm weather & to the sound of vendors selling things in the street. This yelling at sunrise became, surprisingly, a comforting sound as my study abroad summer continued. “Verduras!” “Gas!” “Carne!” “Agua!” Selling vegetables, meat & even natural gas didn’t surprise me. But water?! Of all things I 100% take for granted in the States, water is probably #1. I drink a ton of water each day, constantly refilling my water bottle with the seemingly ever-flowing source of water at water fountains, my Britta filter, office coolers, sinks! But in Guanajuato, families….bought…drinking water?? On top of paying a monthly bill for bathing water?? It boggled me. I quickly realized that clean water was a precious commodity in Mexico. Our host family bought three jugs of drinking water each week & no fail, at the end of the week we were out & waiting for our Monday delivery in anticipation. I started to drink less and less water, humbled by the rarity of it. I suddenly felt so spoiled and “American.” Not having to worry about my drinking water was something I was so privileged to in the States!

I had a conversation with my host mom about this and she just nodded and smiled. She said, in Spanish, that I was in fact spoiled. Growing up her family did not have water jugs delivered to them–they had to walk to the local well each day. So in Mexico, her family now is actually considered quite wealthy, getting their three jugs of water delivered each week. Later that day, she had to lecture us (with a laugh) of being more considerate when bathing & flushing the toilet–only 5 minute showers & only flush when it’s #2.

Needless to say, I learned to consume less water. I learned to be grateful when I brushed my teeth with clean water, when I pressed the water fountain button & when I turned the faucet to get a glass of water. And now when I see an office cooler, I always think differently.