Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
In 1990, Living Water set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. At least 844 million people lack access to basic drinking water service.
For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in 17 developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed over 20,000 water projects (and counting!).
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas, traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for safe water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers and operations began the next year under the direction of a national board. That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local staff and support the local church to implement solutions in their own communities in the countries where we work.
Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on Living Water Trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of national staff, to implement water projects, teach critical hygiene behaviors, and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, and donors to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We believe that inherent in every child is incredible potential. Our vision is that all children can achieve success in life. BBBS has been serving the Houston community for over 69 years with more than 2,000 volunteers paired one-to-one with children in life-changing friendships each year. When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges, and being matches with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential. According to third-party data, 97.5% of student graduates served with a BBBS mentor in 2017 are now either enrolled in college, enlisted in the military, or employed following high school graduation compared to only 45% of all low-income students nationally who enroll in post-secondary education. Big Brothers Big Sisters relies on volunteers and donors in order to make safe, effective matches. There are over 900 children currently requesting our services in Houston. For more information on BBBS, please visit bbbstx.org.