Help Fund a Water Project

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

Hello all. My name is Mark Callanan. You may be getting this directly from me, but probably from one of my friends or family members. I am gearing up for the Christmas season, as most of us are. Every year I look for creative ways to help someone in need. 

Most often we adopt a family to provide gifts for family members or provide Christmas meals or something like that.

This year I have set a much larger goal and have looked for people with the highest need. I have always been interested in helping a community in Africa, but never knew what would be the best thing to do. I recently found a group that I believe has the answer to helping solve the extreme poverty issues facing rural African communities. They are building freshwater wells and clean water sources in Africa. 

Many communities do not have a source of freshwater so most use contaminated water sources leading to significant disease. The illness decreases ability to work and increases their poverty issues. It is estimated that every 15 seconds there is a death because of water born parasites in sub-Saharan Africa. 15 seconds x 365 days comes to 1,460,000 million deaths per year. That is about the population of Philadelphia, PA. The prevalence of dysentery leads to childhood deaths 520 times more often than in America. 

Also, the water sources may be at a great distance from the community leading to lost time fetching water. Many young girls are not allowed to go to school because they are the family’s “water fetcher.” This typically is a 6-7 hour daily task that is performed with an 8 gallon bucket that weighs 40 pounds. By putting a well in the community, these girls have will have an opportunity for education. I think that we can help. 

I am asking for help to give the basic life need of clean water to our “neighbors” in an African community. We have set a goal of $10,000. That sounds like a huge amount of money, but to get freshwater sources, a borehole must be drilled to a depth of 150-200 feet. The equipment can be expensive to transport to the remote areas they are needed. also goes in before installation of the well to provide education to the community on proper maintenance of the well and help them understand uses for better irrigation, solid waste disposal, etc. They also monitor use after installation and evaluate further community needs.

Now my sales pitch. I am hoping to average $23 donations from 400 people. $23 is the average that it takes to provide clean water for 1 person for life. I would love if you would help me accomplish this goal of changing these people’s lives for a lifetime. So I need your help in 2 different ways.

First and most importantly, I don’t know 400 people, but the people of the people I know do. If you are willing to forward this E-mail to your friends and family to help me, I would be extremely appreciative. Even if you are unable to donate, by telling others you could be extremely helpful in this venture. By you taking a couple of minutes of time to forward this on, you would be helping change a community in extreme poverty forever. 

Second, please contribute your tax-deductible donation. You can decide to sponsor one person or a family of 10. Please give generously. 

Thanks for taking time to read my message and have a merry Christmas. 

Mark Callanan

Also funded is a portion of an new water source in Uganda; see it by clicking here


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02/18/14Mark Callanan$23.00
01/30/14Offline Donations$348.00
01/22/14Church Of The Resurrection Blue Springs$214.25
01/21/14Church of the Resurrection$500.00
01/18/14Edward Knapp$46.00
01/16/14The Blevins Family$46.00
01/16/14Tami Welsh$23.00
01/16/14Shannon Anderson$115.00Mark - Congrats on exceeding your goal.
01/13/14Amanda Fisher$23.00
01/09/14Rob & Michelle Russell$800.00
01/09/14Michael Reese$800.00Kudos on a great project!
01/07/14Jim Van Gerpen$460.00
12/31/13Linda S. Criss$23.00
12/31/13E. Pierce$23.00
12/30/13Ella M. Hackney$300.00
12/24/13Joshua Andrews$115.00It's for the children.
12/20/13Lyall Ford$23.00Good luck!
12/14/13- Anonymous$1500.00Proverbs 11:25
12/11/13Joseph Windsor$46.00Your exclusive Beechwood Aging produces a taste, a smoothness, and a drinkability you will find in no other water
12/08/13Karen Heersche$46.00Great project!
12/07/13Jim Van Gerpen$46.00Thanks for doing this, Mark.
12/05/13Nancy Borel$115.00
12/05/13Christy Schmidt$46.00
12/04/13Jerrod & Katie Ansley$115.00Thank you for loving like Jesus! Honored to call you friends!
12/04/13Dee Falk$32.00
12/04/13Denton Callanan$46.00I love you Daddy, from Denton and baby Callanan.
12/03/13Dan Hicks$23.00We hope you reach your goal!
12/03/13William Raschke$23.00
12/02/13Scott Knoche$115.00Thanks for coordinating this great project Mark! We hope you meet your goals. You are off to a great start! Scott and Lori Knoche
12/02/13Joan Sutton$23.00What an awesome idea!!!
12/01/13William Rosteck$46.00
12/01/13Kelly Buckingham$46.00Keep it up! Merry Christmas! Love the Buckinghams!
12/01/13Joe D. & Charlotte Anderson$115.00Mark: We are so proud of you! Bless you for being such an amazing, caring person with a passion for helping others. Praise God!!
12/01/13Jennifer Foster$500.00
11/30/13Aaron Hachmeister$46.00Keep it up buddy! The Hachmeister's
11/27/13Charles Manthey$46.00Kudos to you for doing this. Glad I could help
11/26/13Wes & Jessi McCubbin$46.00
11/25/13Emily Hauck$23.00
11/25/13Donna Coulter$46.00
11/24/13Ted Carleton$23.00Clean water is a critical need for many people around the globe.
11/24/13Anonymous Donor$770.00Matthew 25:40
11/24/13Ed & Linda Hepburn$23.00Very proud of your willingness to serve.
11/23/13Diana Gragson$115.00
11/22/13Floyd Barkman$46.00
11/21/13Gary Hughes$46.00
11/19/13Kris Klima$115.00
11/18/13Jeff Rinne$115.00Thanks for your giving heart, Mark and Megan! Love you!
11/16/13Melanie Rambo$23.00
11/15/13Lisa McCamy$115.00From the McCamy family - we want everyone to have a Merry Christmas
11/14/13Alice Neuman$115.00
11/14/13Lori Spencer$46.00
11/13/13Penny & Chris Schaefer$46.00
11/12/13Katie Okenquist$23.00
11/12/13Brian And Brandi Clarke$115.00
11/12/13Patricia Sents$115.00What a wonderful way to impact a family's life!
11/11/13Lisa Brown$46.00What an honor to donate - such an awesome project!
11/10/13Leigh Weatherspoon$46.00
11/09/13Megan Payne$23.00
11/09/13Stacy Scalfaro$23.00
11/08/13Dave And Kara Taylor$23.00
11/08/13LARRY ANDERSON$23.00
11/08/13Sharon Smith$23.00Thank you, Mark. There is a tremendous need for this project.
11/07/13Larry And Cheryl Scofield$23.00
11/07/13Janee Bernal$46.00Best of luck with this endeavor! What a wonderful way to help those in need!
11/07/13Steve & Kelly Goddard$23.00
11/07/13Heidi Harmon$23.00Thanks for doing this Mark!
11/07/13Tamra Scheid$46.00
11/07/13Jenifer Mills$46.00Cheers to saving lives
11/07/13Denise Ginavan$46.00
11/07/13Ray Bahner$115.00
11/07/13Antoine Polite$115.00To clean water and good health.
11/07/13Elizabeth Lenherr$46.00
11/07/13Megan Marsh$46.00Praying that you reach your donation!
11/07/13Christi Tenholder$46.00
11/07/13David Callanan$1000.00
11/05/13James Callanan$460.00May God Bless each one of the people we help thru clean water
11/05/13Mark Callanan$230.00Please help us show love to those in need. Thanks to everyone.

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.