Thank You for Supporting VBS Mission Project 2017: Water for Tanzania!
Through your 2017 VBS Mission fundraising efforts, your donors, churches, and kids raised $37,000 for Water For Tanzania!
With your donation, Empowering Lives International can help 5 more villages get clean water wells close to home! That means healthier families, more kids in school, and hope for a better future - from God's people for God's people.
Watch this Thank You message from our friends in Africa below:
If you would like to continue to support Water for Tanzania, please see their website below at Empowering Lives International.
Drilling wells is the most sustainable way to provide clean water. Each well requires $6,000 in donations and serves an average of 600 people. So for $10, you can provide sustainable, clean drinking water for 1 person. No more long trips to collect water and no more getting sick from dirty water.
Empowering Lives International (ELI) is partnering with Mighty Men Drillers to drill 20 wells in 2017. Your contribution can help make that goal a reality, providing thousands of children with safe drinking water and the opportunity to get an education.
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Fun tip: get a bucket from your local hardware store so your kids can collect funds in the same bucket that Tanzanian children collect water!
Kids in rural Tanzania typically get their water from hand-dug wells in river beds. This water source is shared with animals, and used for bathing, cleaning and drinking. It's full of mud, bacteria and parasites, causing severe illness and even death.
Kids are missing school to collect water.
Children and women usually collect water, spending about 25% of their day walking to and from a hand-dug well. They carry buckets up to 50lbs for miles and miles. Kids often miss out on time learning at school because they are collecting water, preventing them from the very education that can provide hope for their communities.
Joy is a 7 year old from the dry Mara region of northern Tanzania. She, like many children in her community, is tasked with collecting water every day for her family.
She and her younger brother walk 4 hours each day to collect drinking water. They draw from a hand-dug trench, which is also used for bathing and is shared with livestock. The water is full of mud and dangerous bacteria.
Joy dreams of learning how to read and write, but the time it takes to collect water everyday prevents her from going to school.
A water well near Joy’s village would not only provide clean, safe drinking water for Joy and her family, but would enable Joy and her brother to go to school.
Download these free resources to help you get the word out about Water for Tanzania and incorporate it into your VBS!
Fun Fundraising Markers
When a child brings in a donation, have them color in a water droplet character and write their name in the space provided. Then hang all the water droplets in a centralized place during VBS so kids can see how much is being raised to help those in need in Africa.
Have kids help "Maji" collect all the water buckets and take them to the well in this fun maze! Print this sheet and have kids do the activity at VBS, or take it home to share the Water for Tanzania project with their families.
Empowering Lives Int’l (ELI) has brought real hope to thousands through drilling wells in Tanzania. ELI has partnered with a local drilling company (Mighty Men Drillers) to provide subsidized water wells. ELI does not give hand outs, but motivates the community to join together and contribute financially to their own well. Communities raise $1,000 toward their well’s hand pump, creating a sense of empowerment and ownership. (Most people in these communities live on less than $1/day).
ELI provides hope to orphans, families and communities in East Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan and the DR Congo. The vision is to holistically empower people to be who God created them to be through training programs, care for vulnerable children and access to resources like clean water.