Clean water for God's thirsty children
We've Moved In, Now We're Movin' Forward
As the Water With Blessings staff moves into the new office space, the work continues to provide clean water to God's thirsty children. Sr. Larraine Lauter is pictured above, and below are team members Debbie Robson and Brian Hsaio.
A Foundation of Hope

We have almost completed the move into our new, much larger office and warehouse space. As we said last week, this has created safer social distance for our staff and volunteers as coronavirus precautions continue.

But more importantly, with the expanded storage and effective distribution of filters and other equipment, we hope to equip and train more Water Women this year than in the past.

For those of you who might have missed some of the details last week, this move reduces our overhead costs. Through the generosity of several donors, the down payment on the space placed our monthly loan payments well within our budget.

Since we will own the property outright by the end of this year, we will no longer have monthly rent payments. As our costs decrease, we can increase the number of Water Women your contributions support each year.
The horrible impact of the back-to-back hurricanes in Central America show how important this is. The destruction of homes and basic infrastructure has left people devastated: homeless, clothes and other property destroyed, and a limited supply of food and water. We will have for you an update next week on our efforts in Honduras.
We're more than halfway toward our goal of $400,000 to complete building A Foundation of Hope. In addition to paying for our new space, we will be able to expand our fund development efforts, which will help us get closer to the overall goal: 100,000 new Water Women each year.

If you would like to help, please contact Rebecca Stutsman, our Chief Development Officer (rebecca@waterwithblessings.org). Her phone number is (502) 939-7312.
Our New Address

The new logo isn't yet on the building, and we are still trying to get everything in place. But we are so excited about our new offices, and the expanded warehouse and shipping space that will make our distribution much more efficient and effective.

The address is 1902 Campus Place, Unit 11, Louisville, Kentucky, 40299. As always, we welcome our friends and volunteers to visit us.

But while we are still facing the potential for spreading the coronavirus, we will continue taking special precautions for the foreseeable future. That means social distancing and face covering will be the norm.

With that in mind, we ask you to make an appointment before visiting. If you would like to come by, please call the office or email Debbie Robson at debbie@waterwithblessings.org
The Race Results Are In

Despite moving to a virtual format because of the coronavirus, the Frankfort (Kentucky) Frosty 5K/Fred and Me 143 was a great success. The great event organizers made a successful push to involve runners from all across the country. Sr. Larraine and a group had a lot of fun participating here in Middletown, Kentucky.

Because of their efforts, Water With Blessings received nearly $5,000 and made many new friends in the national running community.

We send a very special thank you to everyone who worked so hard against the odds and made this a great day for God's thirsty children. We hope next December's race can be run both virtually and in-person.
Your generosity provides clean water for God’s thirsty children

Here you see a member of one of our country teams helping a new Water Woman assemble her filtration system. Yes, that's all there is to it -- a bucket and a filter (in a colorfully crocheted cover). Just add water.

Whether in the Navajo Nation in the southwestern US, or in dozens of countries around the world, your contributions continue to provide the equipment and training to Water Women who will filter water for their own and three other families.

That means clean water to drink and to use for cooking, and the eradication of water-borne illness.


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We'll be sure to send you information on seeing where your Water Women live and the impact your gift is making.
A Joyful Coffee Chat With
An Update from Uganda

For several years, our program in Uganda has been building steadily. Much of the work has been in UN settlements for Sudanese war refugees where nearly the entire population consists of women and children. We are expanding our work in other regions where waves of typhoid continue to cause suffering.

Despite the sometimes grim nature of the work, our Ugandan partners are among the most joyful people you will ever get to know. Please join us for this week’s Coffee Chat, when we will be joined by Fr. Ruffino Ezama, the first African elected North American Provincial of the Comboni Missionaries. Also participating will be Tony Potts, one of Fr. Ruffino's co-workers.

So mark your calendar for this coming Friday at Noon Eastern Time. Then grab your beverage of choice and be prepared for another delightful opportunity for sharing prayer, information, and laughter.

“She Gave Me Her Treasures”
A young girl helps children in need

The Daughters of the Heart of Mary were a virtual community centuries before the Internet. They were founded during the French Revolution, and even today the Daughters don’t wear habits or live in convents.

Elizabeth Dodge is the present Provincial of the community, and lives in Rhode Island. She found out about Water With Blessings when she met Sr. Larraine at a conference a few years ago. Because she lives alone, and because their own parents live in other parts of the country, the young family next door has adopted her as a surrogate grandmother.

“I absolutely love it,” Elizabeth said. “Especially now during Covid time. They've included me in their Covid bubble.”

Elizabeth was on her patio, crocheting a sock covering for a Sawyer PointONE filter, when the family’s five-year-old came skipping along.

“She asked what I was doing,” Elizabeth said. “I explained to her what it was, and where and how it was going to be used. She was shocked. She had no idea that there were areas where there was no clean water. She said to me, ‘This is a worthwhile thing to do.’ Then she skipped off.

“Ten minutes later she came back with a small bag of yarn. She told me her kindergarten teacher makes yarn and gave each of the students some. She asked if what she had was enough to make one of the socks. So I worked on it while she was there, and only had to add one scrap of my own to finish it.

“She held it, then showed it to her siblings saying, ‘Look what I helped Elizabeth make.’

“It was a way of getting her to know that you do for people in need. She gave me her treasures, and was pleased that they were going to help kids without clean water.”
Please Help Us Cover More Filters

As we keep mentioning, with the tremendous response to our pleas for help, our supply of crafted filter covers has shrunk. We thought we had enough to last for a long time. But with our success around the world, and the urgent need in Central America and Haiti, we need more now.

The Water Women love these colorful covers, and we have always appreciated the creativity of our Water With Blessings crafting community. To find out how to help, please click on the button below. Thank you again for your help.
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