Clean and safe drinking water is scarce in our world. More than 1 billion people still lack access to clean water. There are many places in the world, where young girls and women must spend several hours every day collecting water for their families. Regardless of these exhausting efforts, over 4,000 children die daily from diseases and parasites from dirty water.
Living Water is a community based initiative that grew out of the realization that the need for safe and clean drinking water is one of the foremost challenges in our world.
ELC is one of many member congregations in the Living Water Initiative. Our method is very simple; once a month during worship, ELC facilitates a special “Living Water” offering, where people bring spare change from their homes and place it in a “water bucket”. Our Living Water committee then takes the money collected and provides grants or gifts to community based/non-profit organizations that focus on providing safe drinking water and eliminating world hunger. We have funded projects from Guatemala to Iran, from Africa and back to Washington.