Help Fund a Water Project

Together, we can unlock potential in a developing community by providing clean, safe water.

We are fundraising to help the people of Africa, especially the children,to have one of life's essential and most basic needs! We want to help make a difference in our global community!

When water comes... everything changes.!





Today we met Mr. Peter Baker, the President and CEO of Crystal Rock, when he came to our school to see our presentation. He has agreed to provide the water for our awareness campaign and presented us with a check in the amount of $500! Additionally, he brought each of us a Crystal Rock t-shirt which we were allowed to wear for the remainder of the school day! We are off to a great start and we haven't even officially begun our campaign!






Dr.Sequeira, the Assistant Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools, came to WSMS to talk to us about his visit to Africa where he conducted multiple studies on water. Dr.Sequeira himself lived in Kenya, Africa, and educated us about the different contaminents that are found in water like parasites, bacteria, diseases and other impurities. Thank you, Dr. Sequeira, for your visit.






Reporter Michael Puffer from the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper came to speak to us today about The Water Project so that he could write a report to be feautured in the newspaper. We showed him the PowerPoint presentation which had a lot of information for him to include in the article. He was delighted with the class and it was a pleasure to have him here.






We are in the newspaper! Michal Puffer from the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper did an outstanding job with the article. As a result we have been inundated with donations! Our goal of $6,000 is getting closer and closer each day! Thank you for all the great support and encouragement!






Our classmates are getting creative and coming up with ideas of ways we can secure more money! One student has crocheted hat and scarf sets which we will raffle off--the tickets are going like hot cakes! One of the art teachers painted a picture of a single drop of water and its impact on water's surface--the ripples caused by the drop are like the ripples of people helping people! This painting is also a very popular raffle item!






Today we had a special guest, Christine Ieronimo, talk to us about her experiences while visiting Ethiopia for her mission towards clean water . She also read us her book, Drinking from Puddles, isnspired by her adopted daughter from Ethiopia and educated us on things we previously didn't know about African culture such as fair trade coffee and suppression of women. Her presentation motivated us even more for The Water Project. Thank you, Mrs. Ieronimo!






Scot Haney, WFSB-3 weatherman and morning TV personality, came to West Side to interview students for an upcoming segment on Better Connecticut about The Water Project. He was thrilled with our mission and the idea of helping underprivileged people. He was a very gracious guest and allowed students and staff to have pictures taken with him. He will be letting us know when the piece will air. Stay tuned!






Today we saw a copy of the February edition of The Waterbury Observor. In it is a picture of our seventh grade class on the day we met Mr. Peter Baker. Mr. Murray, owner of The Waterbury Observor, was one of our first contributors to The Water Project! Thank you, Mr. Murray!





We were lucky enough to be invited to have lunch with the mayor! He treated the class with pizza, gave us a tour of City Hall and talked to us about how proud he was that we're doing this. We had a great time! This definitely was an amazing opportunity! Thank you, Mayor O'Leary!






Today is the day our piece aired on WFSB-3 Better Connecticut ! They did a fantastic job sharing our story! Thank you, Scot and Peter, for the fabulous editing job. You can watch it here:

Who's Helping?

Will You Join Us in Giving Clean, Safe Water?
04/18/12Pizza Castle Inc.$500.00
03/27/12Jane Lescoe$32.29We did it! I am so proud of my students and of all the generous support of our community! Truly a job "well" done!
03/27/12West Side Middle School Staff, Students and Friends$335.71
03/27/12City Hall Cafe$100.00
03/15/12Barbara Greene$25.00Way to go!!
03/05/12Raymond & Angela Lynch$50.00
02/28/12Students, Staff and Friends of WSMS$1200.00
02/22/12Lisa Belval$15.00
02/22/12Joyce S. Decesare$50.00
02/22/12Mary Snyder$25.00
02/16/12Denice Chandler$25.00What good work, kids!!!
02/14/12Jessica Doyle$50.00
02/14/12Laurie Scursso$25.00
02/14/12Anne Marie Cullinan$50.00
02/14/12Margaret Beecher-Hlavacek$100.00
02/14/12Christine Ieronimo$25.00
02/14/12Rosalie Griffin$50.00
02/14/12Michael Harris$50.00
02/14/12Mt. Olive Ame Zion Church$340.00
02/14/12Cynthia Winklemann$25.00
02/14/12M.P. Lescoe$25.00
02/14/12Susan Verraneault$25.00
02/14/12Fritz Blasius$1000.00
02/13/12Michele Guglielmo$25.00Dear 7th grade students and Mrs. Lescoe, you should be very proud of yourselves! Amazing effort for a very worthy cause! I am happy to contribute!
02/07/12Amy E. Densmore$25.00
02/07/12sStudents and Staff of West Side Middle School$365.00
02/07/12Vincent Roche$100.00
02/07/12New Opportunities, Inc.$50.00
02/07/12Elizabeth Hogrefe$50.00
02/07/12Salvatore C. Agati$25.00
02/06/12Veda Mullai$25.00What a great project!!! Good luck!
02/06/12West Middle School$842.00
01/29/12Michael and Mary Culhane$50.00Congratulation to Ms. Lescoe's seventh grade class!! A wonderful project!!
01/28/12Kevin Egan$50.00Good Luck to Jane and her class!!
01/27/12Michael Conway$50.00Good luck reaching tour goal!!!
01/27/12cathie rinaldi$25.00Great Job...You should be Very Proud!!!
01/27/12Michael & Sharon Gualtieri$100.00
01/26/12Cindy Jackson$50.00Good Luck ! You should be proud of your work to help others!
01/26/12Helen Kaminsky$25.00
01/26/12Rock Regan$250.00No water, no life. No blue, no green. Sylvia Earle
01/26/12Donna Drapatin$100.00
01/26/12christine stolfi$100.00I am so excited. I have always wanted to do this. Good Luck guys. I am proud of you!!!
01/26/12Diane Zukowski$5.00
01/26/12Kellie Conway$30.00Keep up the great work!
01/25/12Wilson Trombley$30.00
01/25/12Pat Marsden$25.00Thank you for doing this. What a great expierence for these students.
01/24/12Patricia Zorskis$25.00
01/24/12Paul J. Nickolloff$100.00
01/24/12Charles D Gill$50.00
01/23/12Eileen McDonnell$50.00So happy to help!!
01/23/12Blanche Feero$60.00That is a terrific project you are working on for Africa countries! They definitely need our help, and I wish you the best of luck on your project!
01/23/12Waterbury Observer$100.00Fantastic work. The students are an inspiration to the entire Waterbury community.
01/20/12Richard & Eileen Marano$25.00
01/18/12Kathleen Ferrucci$25.00Keep up the good work!
01/14/12Iolanda Marucci$50.00Good luck to Jane and her students! What a wonderful cause!!
01/13/12Janet DiPino$10.00On behalf of my niece Emily, a student at WSMS, I'm donating to help support this great cause!! :)
01/13/12Gina French$25.00
01/13/12Kritzia LaRose$5.00I am so proud of how hard you're all working!
01/13/12Robert Brunetti$25.00
01/13/12Arthur Hadden$50.00
01/13/12Tom Reynolds$100.00we lose sight of how fortunate we are
01/12/12Tracy Padua-Racine$30.00
01/12/12James Wilkas$50.00Excellent cause Jane!
01/12/12Kathleen McNamara$25.00
01/12/12Maria Kahn$25.00
01/12/12Emmet Cosgrove$25.00Good Luck on achieving your worthy goal!
01/12/12Paul Matasavage$100.00
01/11/12Kim Conway$25.00
12/13/11Crystal Rock$500.00

Why It Matters

Access to clean, safe water unlocks potential

Did you know nearly 1 billion people don't have safe water to drink?

Together, we can change that. Let's fund a new source of drinking water for those who suffer needlessly without it!

Our gifts will be used to construct or rehabilitate a water project, like a well or sand dam, in Africa. We'll see pictures, GPS coordinates, and updates as they come in from the actual water project we fund so we can celebrate the results along with the community we help.

About The Water Project

The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing clean, safe water to communities around the world who suffer needlessly without.

Working with local partners in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, we build long lasting water projects that are organized, owned and managed by the communities receiving them.

Together, with our partners we identify, implement, report on and follow up on every project. Then we share the whole story with you to inspire confidence in the work being done and the impact it has.