Waterlink Africa: Fayye Foundation’s Clean Water Projects

Clean Water Projects Image 2Did you know? $1 can give clean water to one person for over a decade.

Why is water life-altering?

  1. Unsterile water is the number two killer amongst children. Around the world, fetching water is a woman’s task. Thus, one of the most crucial health issues for women in Africa is the clean water shortage. 1 in 5 children worldwide dies of a water-related disease.
  2. Water is a women’s issue. In order to get access to clean water, women and girls must carry up to 50lbs of water every day over typically 5 miles or more. Carrying this water has shown to stunt growth in young girls which has contributed to the extremely high maternal mortality rate in these areas, but girls and women also face dangers along their way to a water source.
  3. Water improves education and economy. Education has been proven to be the greatest way to improve a community. When kids get sick from water-borne diseases, they can’t attend classes – then fall behind, then drop out. Most students suffer from severe dehydration because they try to drink as little bad water as possible. When the brain is dehydrated, it has a very hard time focusing on tasks such as school work, and chances of success are greatly diminished. There are some children who walk daily to get water and are unable to attend school, and the adults are unable to put hours into a paying vocation. When children have the opportunity to be educated, they can become problem solving members of the community and have a hope of contributing to their society.

Waterlink Africa

Fayye Foundation has teamed up with Waves for Water to pursue a series of clean water projects throughout Africa. The filters that will be installed use the highest filtration rates available, can provide clean water for an entire village for pennies a day, and have a high flow rate which eliminates the need to store water. The filters are self-sustaining and easy to maintain. If cared for, each $50 filter lasts for many years, providing clean water for up to 100 people a day.

waterlink Africa: a chain of friends, spanning generations, from Africa to America and back to Africa. Donor, healer, helper – each link is necessary. Waterlink Africa delivers solutions from inventors to people in need of safe drinking water in every faraway corner of Africa.

Waves for Water and Fayye Foundation are certain that everyone who lacks clean water deserves to have unlimited access via an endless chain of caring, of which each of us is a single link. Experts are confident that the water crisis will be completely eradicated in our lifetime, but the only way we can do that is by every person in the link working towards this cause.

To donate to our first Waterlink project (Waves for Awassa/Project Ethiopia) you can go here. Your tax-deductible donation has the potential to give 20,000 people access to clean water. Every dollar counts.



The Grumet family’s clean water comes to us through Mountain Valley Spring Water. We love them because their water comes in eco-friendly non-toxic glass bottles, and because they have sponsored this post with a donation for our clean water project in Ethiopia. The community work that companies do is important, so check out Mountain Valley Spring Water to thank them for supporting our global community!



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  1. Becky 8 September, 2012, 16:54

    This is beautiful Jamie!:) What a gorgeous picture and incredible family. I can’t wait to hear all about Ethiopia!

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  2. sophia 8 September, 2012, 17:02

    wow! what a beautiful photo! thanks for sharing your stories. i met my son’s biomom this summer too, the first time since his birth (he’s 2.5) it was such a wonderful experience! i hope yours was the same!

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  3. Diana 8 September, 2012, 17:18

    Now THAT is a beautiful family portrait – so much love it brought tears to my eyes! Breathtaking. I love the tag line too. Mom enough, indeed. Take THAT, Time Magazine. And welcome home from your trip! Look forward to the updates.

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  4. heidi 8 September, 2012, 17:19

    Is it possible to read the full article without have a subscription to the magazine?

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  5. Anjanette 8 September, 2012, 18:30

    Love it! So glad you got to do another cover/article with the whole family! And I can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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  6. Adrienne 8 September, 2012, 19:56

    What a beautiful picture. Is that on News stands? I would love to buy a copy just to support their cause and to thank them for doing such a great cover!

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  7. Meagan 8 September, 2012, 20:09

    Gee, look at that photo with your breastfeeding son not on a stool so as to appear like a ten year old! Very sweet family photo.

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  8. Kirbie 8 September, 2012, 20:32

    I am so happy for you guys and getting to meet Samuel’s birth mother! What a blessing for him to have such a wonderful family that appreciates the struggle that his birth mother must have faced when she had to put him up for adoption. Also, what a wonderful article! You are an amazing advocate for all attachment parents. Thank you!

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  9. thenaptownorganizer 8 September, 2012, 20:35

    Love this picture, you and your family are so beautiful! Also, thanks for having my guest post while you were gone, it was fun!

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  10. Erin S 8 September, 2012, 22:15

    Beautiful photo! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip and seeing pics!

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  11. Tena 8 September, 2012, 23:27

    Beautiful family portrait!! My 14 month old just saw it & made the baby sign for “hugs” which says it all really! Congratulations :)

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  12. Kayla 8 September, 2012, 23:31

    Congratulations. I love, love, love this photo.

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  13. Linda in Sweden 9 September, 2012, 13:22

    Lovely photo! Good luck on the show! (not that I think you need it)

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  14. Kristin @ Tales From the Nook 9 September, 2012, 19:41

    wow, i can’t wait to hear the stories!! Glad you all are back home :)

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  15. Lara (australia) 9 September, 2012, 22:45

    Glad to hear you are all back safely & had a wonderful time Jamie – can’t wait to hear all the news.

    That is a beautiful photo & magazine cover, would love to read the article. Thanks for being on the front line lovely lady :)

    Enjoy all your family time xox

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  16. Zoe - SlowmMama 10 September, 2012, 04:57

    Welcome home, Jamie!! Look forward to catching up soon!

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  17. Sarah 11 September, 2012, 07:18

    Loved this! What a great opportunity having someone chronicling your trip in pictures like that! And a lovely, caring photo of your family as well – such a contrast to the route TIME decided to take! I’ll definitely look for the article! :)

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  18. Mrs Fringe 11 September, 2012, 15:53

    Just beautiful!

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  19. christina 12 September, 2012, 10:29

    wow, that is so awesome, Jamie! I love how that connection worked out!!! and I love that you got the chance to have your real story in Pathways. so very cool!

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  20. April 12 September, 2012, 22:55

    Hooray, this is awesome! Kudos to you and Pathways for handling this story so well.

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  21. Elizabeth 20 September, 2012, 20:48

    Lovely family photo!

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  22. Elizabeth 20 September, 2012, 20:50

    Samuel’s birth Mom is beautiful also!

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