CLEAN WATER FOR ALL
Clean water for all
Everyone Deserves Clean Water!
CONTENTS CHOOSE WATER 2016
0W4A.TAERBOUT CHOOSE 1W0A.TTEHRE CHOOSE 1A3F.ROICUAR WORK IN
Find out more about us... DIFFERENCE Some details of our impact so far...
05. IT’S PERSONAL The four areas our work impacts 15. ADOPT A VILLAGE
Connect directly with a village for The cost of providing clean water
clean water... 11. WATER FACTS to a village...
06. WATER IS LIFE The effects of dirty water... 16. WHAT TO EXPECT
Water changes everything... 1W2A. TWEHRY CHOOSE What you get from us when you
0IS9K.EOYWNERSHIP What makes Choose Water
different.... 19. CONTACT US
Village responsibility makes
projects successful... How to get in touch in persona
and on social media...
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Choose Water is a 501(c)3 non-profit company founded in 2012 that
provides safe, clean water to villages in Zambia, Africa..
EVERYONE DESERVES We believe that everyone deserves
CLEAN WATER! clean water. A relatively small
investment from someone in the
Started in 2011, Choose Water US can make a lifelong difference
is an organization that exists to for hundreds in Zambia. Water is
connect other organizations, such life. That’s why we want to invite you
as businesses, churches, civic clubs, to Choose Water.
schools, or even individuals, with
villages in Africa in need of clean OUR MISSION:
water. We have seen first-hand how
bad the water crisis really is in these Choose Water is tackling
villages, and how desperately the the world’s leading health
villagers need clean, safe water near problem one well at a
their village. time, by connecting a
local organization to an
We partner organizations with African village in extreme
a specific village in need of poverty to supply clean,
clean water. We make a mini- safe drinking water.
documentary of each village to
tell the story of life in a rural village
without access to clean water.
[Some of our team in Zambia]
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We know you don’t want to write
a check to a seemingly unsolvable
problem for people you don’t know.
That’s why we make your experience
personal. When you partner with
Choose Water to adopt a village, you
get to meet the people from that
village through pictures, videos, and
stories from that specific village. You
will make a difference to hundreds of
people who you get to “meet” before
investing anything. We don’t ask you
to support an organization. We ask
you to help a village. It’s personal.
The gift of clean water changes so much for so many people. There are countless “trickle down” effects of clean
water. We help the village tell their story of what life is like without clean water. Then we re-visit the village after
we dig the well and capture the story of how life changes for the people in the village with access to safe, clean
water. See the “What to Expect” page to see exactly what a village partnership looks like.
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WATER IS LIFE!
CLEAN WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING
Safe, clean water, along with good
sanitation practices and good hygiene
reduce deaths and illnesses caused by
Clean water in the village reduces time
spent collecting dirty water and gives a
constant source of water for irrigation,
washing, cooking, and many other uses.
Water gives hope to girls who are forced
to drop out of school to collect water
and because of the absence of toilets at
Everything is different when there is
clean water in the village.
CLEAN WATER DOES SO MUCH MORE
THAN JUST QUENCH THIRST. THIS YOUNG
BOY FROM MBABALA SETTLEMENT IN
SOUTHERN PROVINCE, ZAMBIA ENJOYS
THE CLEAN WATER FLOWING FROM THE
WELL INSTALLED IN 2013.
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AND THE CHURCH
Our job is to meet the
physical needs of the
community so that the
church is empowered to
meet the spiritual and
Choose Water is a Christian-based the message of Hope that is work with someone who is going
non-proselytizing organization. backed up by action. to be in the area after we leave.
Nobody from our organization There is no other organization
is preaching or trying to make We don’t force anyone to conform except the church who has a real
converts. However, we travel with to any religion in order to use presence in most of the rural areas.
the church to every village we our wells. We are only giving the
visit, This gives the church an church a chance to back up their We ask in each village for a plot
unprecedented voice in the village message of God’s love with an of land be given to the church.
as we work together to meet the actual representation of God’s love This gives us “neutral ground” to
largest physical need of the village. in the provision of life-giving water drill the well. That eliminates any
lovingly provided by someone in chance of usage being cut off over
Many people offer “hope” to the the USA. Everyone is welcome to disagreements between the land
people of the village, but in the drink from any well we provide. owner and another villager. It also
face of such physical need, the gives the church a place to build
villagers often feel let down by It is impossible to do meaningful a church or community garden
the message presented. However, aid/humanitarian work without for all to enjoy. It also gives us a
the church, working with Choose having a dynamic local partner to place to host trainings or follow-up
Water, will first meet the need for work with in the areas we work. meetings.
clean water. Then We not only need someone who
knows the area, but we need to
CLEAN WATER CHANGES
WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENABLE THE CHURCH TO PLANT A NEW CHURCH IN
EACH VILLAGE WHERE A CLEAN WATER WELL IS PROVIDED BY A CHURCH IN THE USA.
WE ARE CURRENTLY BUILDING A TRAINING CENTER THAT WILL BE THE FIRST OF ITS
EVERYTHINGKIND IN ZAMBIA WHERE THE PASTORS NOT ONLY LEARN THEOLOGY AND A GOOD
MORAL COMPASS, BUT ALSO LEARN HOW TO CARE MORE COMPLETELY FOR THE
PHYSICAL NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE.
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our training and education
clean water to make a real
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OWNERSHIP IS THE KEY!
Villages must buy-in if they are going to take care of
the well many years into the future. We work hard
to empower the villages to have all the tools and
training they need to treat the well as their own.
The Water Committee in each village is
responsible for the well and pump. They
collect money monthly for repair costs and
make sure necessary maintenance and
repairs are carried out quickly.
pump repair training monitoring and Evaluation
We train two people from each village to We track the implementation of our
repair any aspect of the pump that might trainings until we know that the village has
break down. In our two-week education ownership and the ability to care for the
sessions, the trainees get hands-on training project going forward.
by repairing broken-down wells in the area.
local partners wash advocates
We work with local partners in the village Two people from each village are trained
areas who know the people and know to take what they learned about Water
how to approach different areas of Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to
development in those communities. neighboring villages.
monetary contribution ongoing training
We require the village to pay a nominal We provide continued assistance to the
fee so they have “skin in the game”. It’s villages in areas that additional training
not much to us, but to them, it’s a real might be necessary, from sanitation to
investment into their own clean water. records keeping to gardening.
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The four areas most impacted by dirty water
especially for children
Billions of hours are
wasted globally each
year collecting dirty
Children are often
forced to withdraw
from school due to
lack of access to clean
Most of the people we work
with are at or below the global
poverty line. Clean water gives
opportunities to change that.
THE CHOOSE WATER DIFFERENCE
1. HEALTH- Drinking dirty water negatively affects 3. EDUCATION- Primary Education completion rates
health in many ways, from parasites to water-borne are only 65% for girls in Zambia, mostly due to high
sicknesses. Infant mortality (death to kids under 5 years dropout rates from girls needing to help collect water.
old) can be 15% or more. Clean water nearly instantly Clean water has been proven to slow dropout rates
reduces infant mortality and sicknesses such as among girls and boys considerably.
dysentery or cholera
2. TIME- Every day, more than 120 million hours are 4. POVERTY- Dirty Water promotes the poverty cycle
wasted collecting dirty water. Imagine what could in many ways. It hinders childhood development
and education. Five Percent (5%) GDP is lost due to
be done with that time. Women spend around 6 hours illnesses related to drinking dirty water. Each lady in
a day getting water. Girls often drop out of school to the village spends around eight hours per day just
help collect water but with a well close to home, they collecting water, time that could be spent making
could continue their education. money. Abundant water in the village center can be
used for growing crops for selling. The list goes on...
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WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF GATHERING WATER
FOR THE FAMILY.
THAN TWICE THE
THE U.S. LACKS
Here are some startling facts about water in Zambia:
4.8 million 6.6 million More than 25%
people lack people don’t of schools in
access to safe, have adequate Zambia have
clean water in no access to a
Zambia. That’s sanitation
36% of the and hygiene source of clean
population facilities. 50% water.
of all Zambians
INFANT MORTALITY This is a typical hand-dug well in a village.
Every 30 seconds, a child dies due Dirty water like this can cause a plethora of
to illness caused by dirty water problems for the people who have to drink
somewhere in the world. it. We can put an end to this, one village at a
time, by providing safe, clean water.
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does not have access to a toilet.
Open defecation is linked to disease
We know you want your
money to do the most good
possible. We are working
tirelessly to maximize the
impact of each dollar donated.
Here are some reasons to
choose Choose Water:
It’s personal. You know
who you are helping. All
the materials you receive
are from the village to
whom you help provide
We are committed to
long-term solutions in the
village. We don’t just give
water and call it good. We
and our local partners work
with each village until they
We are accessible. You can
contact us directly at any
time and get information
from your adopted village
or updates about any of
We are constantly working
on new and innovative
solutions for problems
faced by villagers. We know
that the obstacles are
complex and the answers
need to be creative and
We don’t do hand-outs. We
require monetary and time
contributions from each
village. Without village
ownerships, we would
Africa People without water
The continent of Africa holds more than 1.1 billion
people. Of those, more than 300 million lack 6.6 Million people in Zambia lack
access to clean water. access to adequate sanitation
Choose Water works only in Zambia, which lies and hygiene facilities, and around
in the middle of the southern peninsula. 10,000 villages. The need is huge.
CHOOSE WATER IS MAKING
A DIFFERENCE IN ZAMBIA
Zambia Where we work Our Work
Zambia is a landlocked Texas- Choose Water has projects in 4 Since we started in 2011, we have
sized country in southern Africa. of the 10 provinces of Zambia drilled 152 safe water wells in
It has a population of more (Western, Southern, Lusaka, and Zambia. We have given clean
than 14 Million people. 58% of Eastern Provinces). Our offices water to more than 60,000
the citizens live in rural areas, are located in Chipata, Eastern people, and have provided safe
which is where we work. Life Province. water wells to 5 schools and 2
expectancy is only about 52 health clinics. We have given
years, due mostly to HIV/AIDS sanitation and hygiene education
and water-related infant deaths. to each of those plus many of the
villages surrounding the places
we have drilled wells. We’ve
trained more than 250 people to
repair the pumps and wells.
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ADOPT A VILLAGE
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FOR JUST $7500, YOU CAN
GIVE WATER TO A VILLAGE
A one-time gift of $7500 is all it takes to give clean
water and much more to 200-600 people. See where
your money goes below.
$3500 WELL/PUMP INSTALLATION This well is changing the lives of the people
in the village of Moyouzunza.
This includes mobilizing the drilling team, drilling the
well, all the materials needed (pipes, gravel, concrete,
etc), and the hand pump that is used to draw water
from the well.
$500 PUMP REPAIR KIT
We supply a pump repair kit to each area that the
pump repair technicians will use to repair the pump
for years to come.
$2000 VILLAGE TRAINING
We provide training in sanitation and hygiene
practices, pump-repair training, set up water
committees to care for the well, and work with
community leadership groups to maximize the impact
of the clean water.
$1500 CLEAN WATER ADMIN Our lead WASH trainer, Mr. Chintu,
demonstrates a tippy-tap hand-washing
This money goes to our administration, including system.
fundraising, printing costs, flights, and other business
expenses (including this booklet). This money allows us
to keep doing what we are doing.
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WHAT TO EXPECT Mini Documentary
We take pictures
When you partner and film the village
with Choose Water to leaders and the ladies
provide clean water that collect water
to a village in Zambia, to tell the story of
here’s what you’ll get life without clean
from us: water in their village.
We then give you a
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from your village.
Web Page on
We upload your
put them on a
sharing web page
on our website. The
page includes village
information and GPS
coordinates with a
Thank-You video and
After the well is drilled
and operational, we
re-visit your village
to ask how life has
changed in the
village. We capture
video of that story
Thank-You from a
village leader to you.
Dirty Water affects millions
in Zambia. Each year,
Choose Water changes that
for thousands of people.
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Thanks for taking the
time to look at ways you
can Choose Water. We
can’t wait to see how we
can change the world
together! Give me a call if
you need anything or have
any other questions.
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We hope that you have
decided to Choose Water.
Feel free to get in contact
Old Fashioned Mail:
4144 Carmichael Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
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4144 Carmichael Road
Montgomery, AL 36106