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Help us raise $15,000 by World Water Day on March 22, 2018


We are raising $15,000 for WaterAid America to support clean water and sanitation initiatives in northern Nicaragua. Currently, two million people lack sanitation and 800,000 live without clean water in Nicaragua. We want to change this by empowering women and girls to become clean water leaders in their communities through vocational job training and microfinance opportunities.

Be part of the solution.
The women in the program receive job training to build latrines and rainwater catchment tanks, repair water wells and pumps, and educate families and schools about hygiene. This project helps break the cycle of poverty because women are able to lift communities up by providing access to essential clean water and sanitation.

Your donation will have a lasting impact.
$30 pays for 1 pit latrine for a family.
$50 pays for 1 rainwater harvesting tank.
$100 pays for two hand pumps for water wells.
$500 pays for latrine construction and maintenance services for one family.
$1,000 pays for water and sanitation vocational training for 30-40 young women.
$2,500 pays for three new water well installations and maintenance costs.
$5,000 pays for clean water and sanitation facilities at a school or health clinic, which includes vocational training, a water well and sanitation/hand washing facilities. This donation level impacts 250 people.

We cannot do this alone. We need your help.
Please consider donating to our $15,000 fundraiser on YouCaring, a crowdfunding platform. All donations will help empower women and girls through clean water initiatives in Nicaragua.

Join us on March 22, 2018 for our World Water Day celebration!

Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Location: 825 N. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
Register on Eventbrite today!
Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Join Water for Empowerment for a community celebration of World Water Day with a children’s art exhibit and a sneak peek of a Nicaraguan art exhibit to be featured at our gala event on November 10, 2018.


2000 “8 Millenium Goals” Updated for Next 15 Years

You may have heard that the MDG’s — or 8 Millennium Development Goals — adopted in 2000 by the world community under UN leadership are being called the greatest anti-poverty success in history. This is based on a 50% decline in extreme poverty over the last 15 years as defined by those living on $1.25 a day or less. Sub-saharan Africa is improving faster than any other developing region. You can read the UN Report.

For the next 15 years, the world community is targeting new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are seen as the best for targeting resources and continuing the improvements over the next 15 years. Specifically, the 8 goals have been replaced by 17 goals. UN Sec’y General Ban Ki-moon believes that the original MDGs “have taught us how governments, business and civil society can work together to achieve transformational breakthroughs.”

During our founding, Water for Empowerment adopted the original eight goals, which included amongst other things, clean water access, women’s and maternal health, and improved education for girls. In the new seventeen goals, our mission of empowering women and girls to build healthy futures with clean water initiatives is reflective of at least a dozen. Please join us and support our current project/fundraiser.