Let's Help Uganda with a RESTROOM!

Happy 2021 to you all! 2020 was challenging in many ways, and much of our plans were put on hold.  Third world countries have been a state of literal survival for much of the year and our mission work was cut short, due to travel and safety restrictions.

We now see that things are starting to change in 2021, praise God!  Our friends in Uganda have been doing many wonderful things.  After we put the well in back in 2018 for Pastor Samson, one of his mentors, Pastor Stephen, started his own church plant.  You can see how God is growing the faith there.  Dark spiritual warfare is rampant there and we are so proud of these Pastors for living their lives outloud, boldly for God!

As Uganda's restrictions have lifted, Pastor Stephen has seen a spike in church attendance.  Buyera Community Church, located in a poor rural community 20kms north west of the capital Kampala, has no toilet or water facilities.  By fundraising $12,000 we will be able to offer them a dignified space.

The community is suffering under the burden of social problems such as poverty and unemployment, low education, single parent families, witchcraft, poor hygiene conditions as well as hunger and nutrition related challenges.

The church has established a children’s ministry and a women skills training program to counter the current social problems and bring life transformation.  

The growing number of women and children participating in these programs poses a big health challenge because of lack of proper toilet facilities to serve the church. The current toilets in form of Latrines (deep pit with a small hole on the ground surface) is in a very dilapidated state. Setting up hygienically better facilities will help reduce health problems related to poor hygiene.   

At the beginning of the month, 15 people gave their life to Jesus.  Let's help this church across the world THRIVE!

Any and all amounts are a blessing! 

 

Honduras Repairs

We just had the pleasure of going back to Honduras.  Our first clean water system needed some repairs.  I know this isn't a glamorous way to spend our donations, but it is necessary.  It is vital that we maintain the systems that we put in.  This particular system supports the community and the medical clinic!

Ugandan Project

 

What a blessing it has been to work in Uganda.  This community has made a church, making each brick by hand.  If you go to our water projects page, you can see these same hand made bricks are used in the restrooms for the village.  Aren't they beautiful?

 

Say YES to helping others!

We are asking YOU to say YES to helping us help others.  Please consider us in your year end giving.  

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In 2010 I travelled to Haiti and my experience was truly life changing.  Cholera broke out while I was there, and I saw children, adults, elderly and families literally dying at my feet.  I was overwhelmed with emotion and that memory has followed me ever since.  Cholera is entirely preventable by having clean water; I remember feeling so helpless and fired up to do something about it.  What would I do if it was my children exposed to dirty, unsafe, disease ridden water? Without question, I would do just about anything.   

In 2016 I founded The Quenching Well, a nonprofit organization that believes everyone deserves safe water. I believe in working with established local outreaches who are committed to three standards: maintaining the funded water projects, education for the local community, and sharing the message of Jesus Christ with the recipients.

I have funded two water systems since our inception, only through donations from close friends and family.  The first water system was installed in Copan, Honduras and provided clean, filtered water to the only medical and birthing center in the area, as well as the surrounding community.  Our second water system was installed in a remote village in Northern Thailand, including toilets and sanitation education.  I have big dreams for 2019. I would like to be able to fund a water system in Uganda with African Renewal Ministries and in Guatemala with World Help, God willing.  I am working on figures but believe these two projects will cost a total of $50,000 - $60,000.  Every penny received goes directly to these water projects.  Your donation is tax deductible and will, 1) meet the most basic need every human has, 2) give women and children a future because they will not be spending entire days collecting dirty water far away, 3) and provide hope to people in desperate need. 

I am asking for your generous donation to help me provide clean water to thousands of people. Any donation is greatly appreciated.  Checks can be mailed to 2795 East Bidwell Street #100-649, Folsom, CA 95630 or via PayPal at https://bit.ly/2xckQ6J (PayPal charges a 2.1% fee).  Once clean, safe water is in the community, they [locals or the existing outreach?] can focus on food, education and shelter.

 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration,

 

Stefanie Thayer

Founder, The Quenching Well

 

San Mai Pattana, Thailand

 

We are ecstatic to announce our second funded water project.  The remote village named San Mai Pattana in Chiang Mai, Thailand was assessed in 2017 for water.  This village was established five years ago.  They only have nine homes! Residents are mostly farmers and all are buddhist. This provides us a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus!

 

The village does not have a school, clinic, or any other services.  Our project will provide:

  1. clean water (filter, tank, pipe and five faucets)
  2. four toilets
  3. training on sanitation
  4. family gardens for each home    

Project cost: $12,000


Funded April 1, 2018

Completed May 25, 2018

 

Organizations we collaborated with: Lanna Coffee and 

International Tribal Development Program

 

 

Podcast highlight

A dear friend, and pastor, Scott Rogers, interviewed our founder, Stefanie, via his podcast. We encourage you to check it out!

http://humanswithfaith.com/stefanie-thayer/

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRST Rebrands to The Quenching Well

Clean Water Advocacy Non-profit Changes Name

 

Folsom, CA: Today, Thirst, a water advocacy non-profit organization changes their name to The Quenching Well. Thirst, now The Quenching Well, is committed to bringing clean, safe water to impoverished communities through water well projects.

The Quenching Well was founded by California native Stefanie Thayer in May 2016. As Stefanie traveled to Haiti and Honduras numerous times in the last decade, she saw first hand the gut wrenching consequences of not having clean water. There began the vision for the non-profit we now know today.

Stefanie said in a recent blog entry, “We are committed to maintaining our water projects.  It would be a disservice to the communities we support if we brought in clean, safe water and then could not have that maintained.  We often partner with the local organizations in educating the maintenance and establishing funding for future needs.”

In February 2017, The Quenching Well installed a water project in El Jaral, Honduras. Donations of over $13,000 supported the project to completion. For more information go to www.quenchingwell.com

 

 

About The Quenching Well: The Quenching Well is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization raising funds to bring clean and safe drinking water to communities impacted by contaminated and diseased drinking water. Donations can be made online or mailed to 2795 East Bidwell Street #100-649, Folsom, CA 95630.

 

Contact: Stefanie Thayer - info@quenchingwell.com

 

Some exciting changes!

We are working on some new things around here, including our look and name! Stay tuned for more details!

We are excited to announce our next water project has been identified.  We will be working with our friends at Lanna Coffee (check them out at https://www.lannacoffeeco.com/) and the Integrated Tribal Development Program (learn more here http://www.itdpinternational.org/projects/) to put in clean water in Northern Thailand.  We will need between $12,000 and $15,000 to fully fund this project. We also have the option to offer education and clean sanitation in the same area for additional money.  

Northern Thailand has 300 - 400 hill tribe villages with at least 6 different people groups.  They are resource poor. ITDP has done almost 250 projects over the years and we are excited to be collaborating with them.

We appreciate any donations you can offer, prayer over the project and are happy to answer any questions you may have related to this!

Donations can be made online or mailed to 2795 East Bidwell Street #100-649, Folsom, CA 95630.

 

You did it!

 

 

You did it! You really did it! Our very first water project is funded because of your generous donations and purchases!

The El Jaral, Honduras project will provide a water filtration system with tanks, manifolds and purification equipment which will provide a minimum of 5,760 gallons of clean water per day. More than 5,400 people each year will benefit from the clean water this will provide. The water system will be placed at the only medical clinic within many hours, providing for adults, children, births and surgeries. It will serve both Hondurans and Guatemalans. Until this system goes in, water is available about 6 hours a day, but is contaminated and often a brown color. The number one cause of childhood mortality in the Copan area is from intestinal problems, caused by parasites in unclean water. We are in the process of acquiring the equipment and beginning the foundation for the system.

Quenching Well began only eight short months ago. Our dream and vision are clear - raise funds to provide clean water with the opportunity to learn about Christ.

We appreciate your continued support (did you know you can sign up for a reoccurring tax deductible monthly donation under our website in the donation section?). We are working on our next project and hope you will join us!

Project cost: $13,565
Individuals benefiting per year: 5,400+

To stay up to date on this project, visit our Water Projects section!

God has a bigger plan

When I started Quenching Well I had a different idea in mind than God did, clearly.  Even though I am constantly trying to be faithful to him I think my own ideas may get in the way sometimes.

So, through much learning, I have changed Quenching Well into a nonprofit organization.  I have people wanting to give me money to help others (that they will probably never meet) have a better life! What a beautiful problem.  With that said, I have been working hard behind the scenes with organizations that are fiscally sound, culturally engaged in their areas and always come back to God at the root of all things.  

Tonight I am publishing our donation options under "Store" "Donate" and our virtual giving catalog at "Store" "Virtual Giving".  

Please share with anyone you know who may be passionate about helping others have a good life.  How can you learn when you have to walk all day to collect dirty water? How can you be present for your children when your stomach is constantly upset from parasitic water? How can you make a living for your family when you are tragically dehydrated?  

 

Thank you,

Stef

 

We have submitted our exemption application with the IRS and expect that the IRS will determine that we are a tax exempt organization.  Your receipted contribution should, upon IRS determination, qualify a charitable contribution tax reporting purposes. 

 

UPDATE 11/9/16: WE ARE NOW a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Tax ID # 81-4221641.