Villagers in Tanzania sometimes travel miles to bring water back to their community. The water is dirty and can cause serious diseases. With your help, we want to drill 15 wells throughout Tanzania in 2018 to bring clean water to our brothers and sisters in the east African country.
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Collect change each day of your VBS to send to Tanzania. To help Empowering Lives International meet their goals for 2018, we have agreed to cover all overhead costs so that 100% of your donations go to water well projects.
ATTN: Water for Tanzania ELI Office PO Box 67 Upland, CA 91785 orDonate Online
Through Your 2017 VBS Mission Fundraising Efforts, Your Donors, Churches, And Kids Raised more than $60,000 For Water For Tanzania!
With your donations, Empowering Lives International can help 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.
Collect Change for Tanzanian Villagers
Get a bucket from your local hardware store so your kids can collect funds in the same bucket that Tanzanian children collect water!
$10 = Clean water for 1 person
We want to help drill 15 wells in Tanzania in 2018
We need $100,000 to meet our goal
Our goal is to raise $100,000 this VBS season to send to our partners in Tanzania. We hope to fund 15 wells throughout the country, bringing clean water and changed lives to communities desperately in need.
Where is Tanzania?
Uhuru na Umoja
Freedom and Unity
Tanzania is an east African nation bordering the Indian Ocean with a population of nearly 60 million people. Many of those people have lived for generations with the threat of serious disease because of water conditions.
Many households in rural Tanzania typically spend more than a quarter of their day fetching water for their family.
People are getting sick from dirty water and kids are missing school to walk for miles to collect water.
Kids are getting sick from dirty 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.
Empowering Lives International
For 3 years Empowering Lives International has been drilling water wells in the dry, rural areas of Mara region of northern Tanzania. This water initiative has brought real hope and life to thousands.
The ELI Method
Acting out the Good News
Social enterprises providing sustainable, cost-effective solutions
Lifewater International's Missional, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene training
Leadership growth and organizational development are inseparable
Bible-based financial training for drilling enterprise, employees and communities
Disciple-Making Movements: inductive, orality-based discipleship program
All supported by multinational 24/7, digital and physical support network
Creating national and regional franchise relationships to share our gifts and grow capacity
Ongoing, five-level capacity-building commitment to ensure professionalism and sustainability
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 write their name and color in the water droplet character Maji. 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.
Water Maze Activity
Have kids help Maji collect all the water buckets in this fun maze and take them to the well at the end! Print this sheet for your kids to complete at VBS, or take it home to share the Water for Tanzania project with their families after VBS is over.
Parent Info Flyer
Send children home with this informational flyer. Blank space is provided at the bottom to add your church information or instructions to send donations.
2018 Flyer will be available soon!
Before & After: Grace's Story
Grace woke up early before the sun began to rise over her home in Kabujaja Village in northern Tanzania. She did as all other mothers and children do in her village and walked 1 hour to fetch a bucket of dirty water. When she finally reached school, the teachers had an important announcement:
"God has answered our prayers. Soon we will have clean water in our village!"
Over the next 2 months, visitors (the Mighty Men Drilling Company) kept coming by saying they were looking for water under the ground. Then one day they returned with a huge truck with a big metal box on it and a giant metal tower. Grace was amazed to see such a machine in their remote village. Dust filled the air, and she could barely hear anything over the loud noises of this big machine. “Stay behind the yellow tape!” the visitors kept reminding her fellow students. After many hours she couldn’t believe her eyes, she was amazed to see that there was no longer dust coming from the ground but something else…water!
Celebration day. Grace will never forget it. After singing and dancing, one of the visitors shared a story about Jesus and a water well just like this one. Jesus told a woman by the well that “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. ” Grace wondered what he meant, and she knew that one day she would have to find out for herself. But until that time, Grace says a simple prayer to God thanking him that she gets to spend more time in school and more time with her family because of this gift of water brought by these visitors.