Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Water With Blessings Inc

Clean Water for God's Thirsty Children

aka Water With Blessings

Louisville, KY

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

2012

Executive Lead

Sr. Larraine Anne Lauter OSU

Main Address

11714 Main St, Ste. D

Louisville, KY 40243 USA

Keywords

water women health Christian mission

EIN

37-1639872

 Number

0949533815

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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. In Haiti and other countries, families are threatened by cholera, a murderous disease that can kill in a matter of hours.

Our programs

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

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International Water Missions

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of people drinking clean, safe water.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Families

Related program

International Water Missions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We're reporting the total number of people served by Water Women, based on the addition of another 30,000 mothers per year.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

We will consider ourselves as being successful in making progress in 2019 if the following conditions are met or exceeded: 1. Improved Community Health and Disaster Preparedness Increasing numbers of children and their families in marginal communities of developing countries shall enjoy the benefits of improved health outcomes that come with access to safe water. The compassionate witness of Water Women will add immeasurable benefit to their communities. A conservative projection of impact for 2019 is 360,000 individuals, based on an estimated 12 persons served for every new Water Women (4 per household.) Families with access to the filter systems shall have a much higher degree of protection from the impact of contaminated water during times of disaster or disease outbreak, particularly with regards to cholera in Haiti. 2. Empowered Women for 2019 30,000 mothers shall receive and enjoy the benefits of becoming Water Women: the assurance of safe water for their own children; the satisfaction of contributing safe water to their neighbors; the dignity of their status as important contributors to the well-being of their communities. Some of these women shall also enjoy the satisfaction of more advanced service and leadership, as they learn and fulfill new roles as Water Teachers and Water Leaders. 3. Increased Volunteer Capacity and Participant Ownership In addition to the 30,000 new Water Women, and the 35 members of existing Country Teams, an additional 30 persons shall be trained and empowered for Country Team membership in 3 additional countries. 4. Positive Environmental Impact Families who benefit from the ministry of Water Women, if they have previously consumed bottled water, shall generate less plastic waste.

Our mission: “Clean water for God’s thirsty children.” To that end, we equip, empower and entrust mothers as agents of clean water and compassion for their children and their communities. 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!

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Pan-American Health Organization Foundation Award of Excellence 2014

Financials

Water With Blessings Inc

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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