Good things are coming in 2017

Travel with W2T in 2017!

We are in the process of putting together our mission trips to Africa for 2017, and we'd love for you to join! This year, depending on interest, we are hoping to take three different trips to visit our projects, each with a slightly different focus. Though we don't have exact dates yet, we wanted to give you a breakdown of some of the details for these opportunities so that you can be thinking about if you'd like to come along, and which one would suit you best.

1. Reformation 500: The first trip would be in the latter part of May and early June. We are thinking about visiting Germany to experience some of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and then on to Ethiopia. The time in Germany would be about a week, and Ethiopia travel afterwards another 7-9 days. This extra time would be spent in mainly the central/southern regions of Ethiopia, where we would see water projects and communities with our partner there, the Mekane Yesus Church (Lutheran Church of Ethiopia) and visit some of the important sites of Ethiopian Christian heritage. The group would be led by W2T founder Dick Moeller in both Germany and Ethiopia. For this trip to be viable, we will need at least 9 travelers. 

2. Northern Ethiopia: The second trip for the summer would be in June or July, and would be a more typical trip with Water to Thrive. This can be a group of donors or supporters of any age who want to experience a trip with us. We will travel to mainly the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where we have one of our biggest partners, REST. Along with some site-seeing, we will be able to visit many of our completed projects as well as some yet to be constructed. 

3. Rotary: Over the past months, Rotary has become a big partner of W2T here in Austin as well as in Ethiopia. We have been working on a Global Grant for ten Rotary-sponsored well projects. As our connections with Rotary clubs in the U.S. as well as with a club in Addis Ababa continue to grow, we would love to take other Rotarians along with us on this trip to experience firsthand the impact that Rotary is having on people across the globe. This trip would be in the fall, probably in November.

Going on a trip with Water to Thrive means you'll get to experience rich culture, meet amazing people, and create memories you will always cherish. There is truly nothing like traveling across the globe to see firsthand the work that is being done because of generous donors like you. In addition to some site seeing, we get to spend time with our local partners in the countries we serve, meet beneficiaries at each water project site, and learn about how clean water has drastically changed their communities for good. 

If you are interested in coming with us on one of these three trips in the summer, email Executive Director Susanne Wilson at and we can get you more information.

If you are still deciding if one of these trips would be for you, feel free to take a look at our travel blog for firsthand accounts of our experiences in Ethiopia. Go to to read about our most recent trip, or go through the archives to learn even more about different parts of east Africa and what a trip with Water to Thrive has to offer.

2016 Year-End Progress Report


Water to Thrive continues to grow every year, and we are excited to share with you what that looked like for us in 2016.
Click here to access the online version of our 2016 Progress Report, complete with an update on projects as well as firsthand accounts (both beneficiaries and supporters) of lives that have been touched by clean water.

Run Hard, Build Wells, Change Lives.

Our annual Pump Run, including a 5K, Kids' 1K and Virtual 5K, is set for April 8th, 2017 at the Concordia University Texas campus. Registration is now OPEN.
Head to to sign up before early-bird pricing ends on March 1st.
Or, sign up with a team of 4 or more and receive $5 off each registration! More details coming soon. Need some training tips before running a 5K? Check out the Couch to 5K 9-week training program. Come run with us!

Save and support

The Thrivent Choice® program provides a direct way for eligible members to designate some of Thrivent Financial's charitable outreach funds to the organizations they support. Please consider supporting W2T with your Choice Dollars! Click here to get started.

Mark your calendars

* March 2-3: Amplify Austin 2017
* March 22: World Water Day
* April 8: The Pump Run 2017
* May 8-14: Mother's Day 2017 Campaign
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