The Problem

  • 30,000 children die each day from contaminated water
  • 85% of all diseases in African children under 5 are caused by water-borne illnesses
  • The United Nations reports that 20% of the world’s population struggles to gain access to safe drinking water every day
  • Technology exists to eradicate such suffering, but past efforts have failed to achieve sustainable results

Our Mission

  • Provide safe, sustainable water to rural villages in Africa
  • Partner with villagers to train as needed in equipment, public health and economic development
  • Build an entrepreneurial bridge to improve the commercial relations between the U.S. and Africa
  • Recruit, educate and train youth and adults to take a leadership role, adopt a vision for future development of Africa and plant “seeds” of service

Who We Are

  • Water for Children Africa, Inc. (WCA) is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1993 at the 2nd African African-American Summit Libreville, Gabon convened by the late Rev. Leon Sullivan. The Committee on Health, under the leadership of Dr. Louis Sullivan, then Secretary of Health and Human Services, recommended that safe water throughout Africa be established as a long term goal of the Summit. Founding President of WCA is Richard O. Butcher, M.D.
  • WCA Chairman of the Board is Ernestine Henning, Supervisor of the 3rd Episcopal District of the AME Church, supported by a Board of Directors and a core team of volunteers that address the wide variety of organizational needs
  • Each year a water project team of volunteers travels to address water needs in Africa
  • WCA sponsors the Annual African Trade and Business Conference which focuses on the commercial needs of small businesses in the US and African economies
  • In addition to the primary focus of water, WCA addresses HIV/AIDS, medical and hospice needs, school supplies, and support for orphanages

How We Work

  • The American Team consists of adult and youth volunteers as well as a core operational team. The operational team investigates, researches and plans the international trips. The travel team receives training and project implementation skills to meet the needs of the identified countries.
  • The African Action Agents/Agencies in each targeted country participate in planning project details, identifying local resources and supporting the visiting teams.
  • Village Water Committees are village leaders who make decisions necessary for on-going care and maintenance of the village water supply or other needs.

What We Need

  • Volunteers with skills in public health, cottage industries, agriculture, education or water drilling, and many other areas of need
  • Monetary donations to support projects: freight-shipping, rainwater collection tanks, drilling equipment, water pumps, and individualized supplies for the target country
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