Water With Blessings Inc

Clean Water for God's Thirsty Children

aka Water With Blessings   |   Louisville, KY   |  http://www.waterwithblessings.org

Mission

We believe every child should be drinking clean water. To that end, we equip, empower and entrust mothers as agents of clean water and compassion for their communities.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Lead

Sr. Larraine Anne Lauter OSU

Main address

11714 Main St, Ste. D

Louisville, KY 40243 USA

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EIN

37-1639872

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All over the world, at this moment, mothers are watching their children die of waterborne disease. Bio-contaminated water is the number one cause of illness and death for children under 5 years of age. On average, a child dies because of dirty water every 8 seconds. Mothers need life-saving technology in the form of household water treatment systems to save their families from disease and death by dirty water.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Water Missions

The core program of WWB is our Water Woman program. Mothers are equipped with a top-quality hollow fiber filter (Sawyer PointONE), empowered with training in accord with best practices for WASH standards, and entrusted as women who make a spiritual commitment (any faith) to filter for 3 other households along with their own.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Pan-American Health Organization Foundation Award of Excellence 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people drinking clean, safe water as provided by Water Women.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

International Water Missions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2 million people in total drinking clean water due to our program. Impact calculated projection based on 4 households served by each Water Woman, conservatively estimating 4 members per household.

Number of mothers equipped as Water Women, having a lifetime household water filtration system.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people, Age groups, Health

Related Program

International Water Missions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of households having access to clean drinking water.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

International Water Missions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each Water Woman serves her own + 3 other households.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Improved Community Health
Increase community safety and improve health outcomes in the marginal communities of developing countries, through an increased access to safe drinking water and the building up of a climate of compassion. Objective 1: Expand our existing presence of 87,000+ Water Women to an additional 30,000 Water Women for 2019, with direct impact for 120,000 households minimum, as the Water Women commit to serving at minimum three additional families. Objective 2: In Haiti, building on our Village by Village campaign, we will eradicate cholera in 3 additional cholera zones in Haiti, for a total of 4 governmental areas defended from cholera.
Goal 2: Empowered Women
Raise the profile of women’s service and leadership in marginal communities, focusing on the most disenfranchised women: single mothers of children under 5 years of age. Objective: In keeping with the WWB principles and practices, new Water Women shall be drawn from among mothers of children under five years of age, with a first round priority for candidates who are single mothers. (In marginal communities of developing countries, single motherhood is a highly reliable indicator for mothers whose children have the least access to resources of all kinds.)
Goal 3: Greater Impact via Greater Scale
Increase the leadership capacity of Water With Blessings through the establishment of a sizeable number of Water Women in marginal communities. In Honduras, continue leadership development of Water Teachers, Water Leaders and Water Brothers. Objective: Expand current WWB Country Teams from 3 (Honduras, Haiti and the Philippines) to 6 (adding Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Uganda.)
Goal 4: Positive Environmental Impact: Small Scale, but real!
Decrease the environmental impact of plastics waste and give witness to environmental concerns by converting households in marginal communities from consumers of bottled water to users of home-filtered water.

Building upon the past 10 years of capacity building, WWB now supports Country Teams that are able to train large numbers of women, always staying faithful to our best-practices adult formation and education model. These teams are comprised of and led by country citizens. Because of these teams, WWB has in a short period moved from an annual goal of 1300 (2013) to 30,000 mothers trained and empowered as Water Women.

Implementation of the WWB program is also carried out by mission partners, who are trained and prepared by Water With Blessings Advocates to set up a WWB project at their own overseas mission site. These missioning groups, usually sponsored by congregations, faith-based organizations, or youth groups, covenant with Water With Blessings to implement the program in accord with stated practices and principles. The covenant terms preclude linking the program to proselytization on behalf of any particular denomination. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative relationships with leadership at the host sites where Water Women will be trained.
To summarize the process, US mission partners raise funds for the program, and transport the equipment, WWB proprietary training materials and process to their mission site. They collaborate with local leadership to implement (or expand) the program. Local Water Women who have a more advanced preparation as Water Teachers are the actual trainers and organizers, while the US visitors serve as support staff in a variety of capacities. The US team reports to WWB upon their return, including the name, location, and data on children of every new Water Woman. They also report to their constituents, often sharing photos of individual Water Women with each sponsor.
We also conduct a leadership development program in Honduras that complements our Water Woman ministry: “Lead the Leaders”. This program is funded by Mary’s Pence and the Conventual Franciscans of Mount Saint Francis, Indiana. Program participants receive experience based formation to become our trainers (Water Teachers), serve in supportive roles (Water Brothers) and serve on our new Honduras Leadership Board.

Since 2008, we have been collaborating with the local mothers, leadership and mission partners of congregations in marginal communities of developing countries: anywhere that lack of safe water is a threat to health. We have deep experience and understanding in the best practices of mission aid work, based in principles that reject proselytization while emphasizing relationships of mutual respect and accountability. We bring a high degree of cultural awareness to our work, particularly that of Latin America, along with the language capacity to work effectively in these countries.

Our capacity is greatly enhanced by our collaboration with other mission partners. We believe the actual activities in any country are best carried out by groups and individuals who have already established relationships at their mission sites, relationships of mutual respect and accountability. Rather than waste time and resources on what would likely be a misguided and less successful effort, we entrust our mission and process to a partner who knows that, and has built a network of relationships there. In this way our mission has been established in 47 countries.

We now have established and developing Country Teams in 6 countries: places where we are able to train between 240 and 1200 mothers each month.

Since January 2018, we register and collect GIS-focused data for all new Water Women, including GPS coordinates for their training sites. This allows us to verify progress of our program, particularly as carried out by our Country Teams. We also verify training elements and program model adherence via online reporting.

Our award-winning Water Woman program (PAHO Foundation 2014) includes program and training materials which we publish in 12 different languages. Our program materials now include leadership development training materials particular to our mission, for our Country Teams.

We have a track record of raising financial support that grows every year: over $800,000 in 2018, for a total of $2,886,000 since 2011, the year of our incorporation. Our annual financial support is overmatched with significant in-kind support, when assessed for financial value.

Our mission: “Clean water for God’s thirsty children.” To that end, we equip, empower and entrust mothers as Water Women: agents of clean water and compassion for their children and their communities. As of 10/1/2021, Water With Blessings has recruited and equipped over 137,000 mothers as Water Women.

Our mission is expressed in our values and principles:
Spirituality, Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Sustainability are our watchwords. These four principles ground and guide us in what we value: a spirit of compassion, interfaith collaboration, the empowerment of women for service and leadership within their communities, and a distribution model that builds rather than threatens a sense of community. These values are supported by partnership principles that encourage respectful and culturally sensitive collaboration, full accountability to funders, complete transparency and integrity in the selection of Water Women, and an emphasis of building ongoing relationship in the communities where partners implement the projects.

The transformational power of compassion…
Our Water Women bring more than clean water to their neighbors…they bring the witness of compassion for others. They commit to a ministry of filtering water for their communities. Their training places a strong emphasis on the transformational nature of their compassionate witness… a critical need in their neighborhoods, where daily life is so often governed by violence and fear. Compassion may be intangible, but it yields results than can be seen and touched… A woman of compassion is a powerful change agent!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Water With Blessings Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Anne Pfeiffer


Board co-chair

Ms. Tammy Reid

Arnold LeMay

Frankfort Regional Medical Center, HCA

Debra Thornton

Gumer & Co. Jewelry

Patrick Greco

Retired IT consultant

Steve Ridgley

Executive VP Sales and Services, Pathfinder USA

Joe Robinson

Retired, American Steel

Larraine Lauter

ED WWB ExOfficio

Anne Sahingoz

Northern KY University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.