Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Water With Blessings Inc

aka Water With Blessings

Louisville, KY

Mission

Water With Blessings helps mothers and missioners all over the world partner in a ministry to bring safe water to communities in need.

Ruling Year

2012

Principal Officer

Larraine Anne Lauter

Main Address

11714 Main St

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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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: Expand our existing presence of 2500+ Water Women to an additional 1300 Water Women for 2013. (1300 for 2013!)
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: Increased Participant Ownership
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: In addition to the additional 1300 Water Women, establish leadership roles for additional 30 persons in Honduras as Water Teachers, Water Leaders (Honduras Leadership Board Members) and Water Brothers. This effort shall serve as a pilot program for leadership development in other countries as we develop more sizeable programs there.
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. Objective: The establishment of 1300 Water Women will impact at minimum 5200 total households, as the Water Women commit to serving at minimum three additional families.

Implementation of the WWB program is 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 2009, 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. For example, we have partners preparing to implement WWB in Kenya—a country where we would likely encounter radical differences from our original experience in Latin America. 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 Kenya, and has built a network of relationships there.

We will consider ourselves as being successful in making progress 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 is 13,000 individuals, based on an estimated 10 persons served for every new Water Women.
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.
2. Empowered Women
1300 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 1300 new Water Women, a total of 20 individuals shall be brought into some WWB leadership role within Honduras, under the leadership development pilot project.
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 expresses our community identity: “We are mothers and missioners bringing clean water to God’s thirsty children.”
Our mission is expressed in our values and principles:
We value and promote a spirit of compassion, ecumenical 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 principles 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!

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Water With Blessings Inc

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