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.

 

What does your money say about you?

I sat in church service today, reflecting on the Biblical views of money.  Dave Ramsey was speaking.  He explained that there are four stages of money:

1-NOW – you have to pay your utilities, rent, etc.  This is living paycheck to paycheck.

2-THEN – this starts when you are out of debt and begin planning for retirement, college for children, etc.

3-US – this is where you plan to leave inheritance for generations to come (Proverbs 13:22 - A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.

4-THEM – this is where you look externally, into the world, to find where you can make an impact.

 

I want to talk about the “THEM” part of money.  How do you decide where to spend your money? What products to buy? What companies to support? What does your money say about you....it's pretty simple to find out.  Look at what you spent the most on last month. That is what is most important to you!

 

I want my money to count.  I want it to make a difference.  $5 could go toward your morning latte, or it could buy a lifesaving mosquito net for someone in Africa. $500 could buy you the latest iPad or it could buy a heifer for a starving family, resulting in income and food. $7000 could buy a family of 4 a luxurious Disney World trip or it could build a well in Haiti and provide for a village for generations to come.

 

I’m not saying that we should not enjoy a morning coffee or a family vacation.  What I am saying, though, is that we can work collaboratively to purchase products that benefit a cause outside of ourselves.  This is exactly why I started Quenching Well.  I want you to be able to buy every day, usable products, while knowing that the profits go to help others with clean water.  You can buy products anywhere, but are you fattening a CEO’s pocket, or are you helping those less fortunate who desperately need our help?

 

Below are some companies I enjoy supporting.

Lanna Coffee http://www.lannacoffeeco.com/

Modern Abolition http://www.modernabolition.com/

3 Strands Global http://www.3strandsglobal.com/

Quenching Well  http://quenchingwell.com/

Toms http://www.toms.com/

Feed Projects https://www.feedprojects.com/bags

 

Please feel free to share which organizations you like to support in the comments!