VBS 2019 Mission Project

Water for Tanzania

Maji Ni Uhai: Water is Life

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 2019 to bring clean water to our brothers and sisters in the east African country.

Get your FREE resources

We offer Free Resources for kids to better understand the situation in Tanzania. Download powerful videos, reproducible flyers and more.

Collect change

Collect change each day of your VBS to send to Tanzania. To help Empowering Lives International meet their goals for 2019, we have agreed to cover all overhead costs so that 100% of your donations go to water well projects.

Send donations

Make check out to Empowering Lives International
Memo: Water for Tanzania
ELI Office
PO Box 67
Upland, CA 91785
orDonate Online

Thank You!

Through Your 2017 VBS Mission Fundraising Efforts, Your Donors, Churches, And Kids Raised more than $60,000 For Water For Tanzania!

Easy Fundraising

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

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!

$10 = Clean water for 1 person

Free Resources

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

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.

The Goal

We want to help drill 15 wells in Tanzania in 2019

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.

The Need

People are getting sick from dirty water and kids are missing school to walk for miles to collect water.

dirty 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.

Our Partner

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