Clean Water Brings Life
The charitable gift ranked #1 by economists is clean water
Looking at Life through an Eternal Lens
Despite the global challenges that described the last 15 months, the giving hearts at MorningStar did not shrink from the call to love. Rather, we were inspired all the more to lift the spirits of others, knowing it was the surest path to lifting our own.
To reflect the character of God and bring Him glory, we established the MorningStar Foundation in 2019 through which we can offer abiding support to philanthropic initiatives in our local neighborhoods and around the world.
Founder/CEO Ken Jaeger and Managing Partner Matt Turner have walked the path of poverty many times in developing nations, each trip a profound and humbling experience, deepening the resolve that MorningStar plays a central role in impacting the world for good. We support only vetted nonprofits with proven levels of effectiveness and financial integrity.
MorningStar CEO Ken Jaeger with son John and daughter Naomi visit Ethiopia
One of our global charitable partners is Lifewater whose transformative approach provides clean water and sanitation to the planet’s most remote areas while bringing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Without clean water, life is a torment. Around the globe, 785 million people lack basic access to safe water, and nearly 90% of all diseases are caused by poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation, and unsafe drinking water. Every 60 seconds, in the most isolated corners of the world, a child dies from preventable waterborne diseases. That’s over 1,400 kids a day.
In these countries, the burden of fetching water, no matter how unclean, falls to women and children who spend hours every day traveling to distant sources. A jerrycan containing a day’s water supply for one person weighs 40 lbs. The time spent securing that water is time not invested in income-producing and educational pursuits, which keeps families in a devastating cycle of poverty.
Established in 1977, Lifewater is resolved to help end the clean water and sanitation crisis in developing nations. Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA, Lifewater has served in 45 countries over the last 40 years. Today they are focused on bringing clean water and serving the most remote parts of Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Cambodia.
To an African village of 500, who have known nothing but filthy water teeming with disease, imagine the joy when first they see water surging forth from a new well—clear and cold and fresh. This is Answer to immense prayer. This changes Everything.
But clean water is only part of the solution. Teaching sanitation and hygiene habits helps to ensure that communities can continue to make progress and maintain clean water after organizations leave and programs end.
Lifewater’s Healthy Village strategy focuses not just on clean water access but also the sustained adoption of five sanitation and hygiene habits in each and every home. The plan requires both task and financial commitments from all villagers. Since 2015, Lifewater has established over 35,000 Healthy Homes in hundreds of villages. Thousands more await this level of transformation.
Latrine blocks virtually eliminate the illnesses caused from open defecation and contaminated water sources. These facilities are a strategic part of changing cultural practices and providing a sustainable health solution. Latrine blocks are built for regional schools as much as for villages. As children from miles around attend school together, they learn WASH curriculum (Water Access, Sanitation, Hygiene), taking that life-saving knowledge back to their villages.
Matt Turner has long been drawn to clean water issues by its reverberating impact on the world’s most underserved and difficult-to-reach populations. The charitable gift ranked #1 by economists is clean water. Scientific evidence is overwhelmingly positive on the impact of a clean water source on society, reducing child mortality by as much as 50%.
Matt found Lifewater’s model particularly impressive and their sustained outcomes admirable.
“Solving this singularly fundamental need combats child abuse, boosts economies, and vastly improves health—opening the possibility for an uninterrupted education for the children.”
In a 2019 trip to Ethiopia, Ken Jaeger and two of his adult children, John and Naomi, witnessed the water crisis up close. They spent time with the women and children who toil to gather water, saw the devastating effects of waterborne illnesses, but were also encouraged to see the phenomenal life-transforming impact Lifewater is making.
Over the next three years MorningStar will focus on supporting Lifewater’s work in the Dodola district of Ethiopia, home to 22,400 people, most of whom live without access to clean water. A truck-mounted drill rig, partially funded by MorningStar in 2019, now plunges 950 feet into the ground to bring life-giving water.
Our 2020 financial support provided COVID-19 relief that sustained work in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Cambodia, while also serving Dodola through the building of 25 new water sources.
“The partnership between Lifewater and MorningStar is truly unique. Ken and Matt demonstrate a level of integrity, compassion and empathy that is refreshing, as is their mission to extend health and hope in the most remote parts of the world. We are privileged to work with MorningStar to give life to children living in extreme poverty.” David LeVan, CEO, Lifewater
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