A Message from Philip Wagner
I’ll never forget the day I became aware of the global water crisis. I was sitting in my living room, reading the LA Times, and I came across an article describing the challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. I couldn’t believe that nearly a billion people were living without a basic human need—access to clean water. This information left me speechless.
As the founding pastor of Oasis Church, I’ve spent my whole life trying to help people around me. Our church serves our local community in Los Angeles and has always been passionate about meeting the needs of people around the world. After learning that the lack of water kills 3.6 million people per year—more than war and AIDS combined—I knew I had to help. I couldn’t let this massive number stop me from doing something.
I began talking to my family, friends, and church to rally support. I asked our church to give, and we raised funds to help build a clean water well for a village in Malawi. We then created a bottle of water called Generosity Water that donated 100% of its profits to organizations building wells in Africa—the idea being that while we’re drinking clean water, we’re also giving clean water to people who don’t have it. Within the first year of selling these bottles we raised $40,000 and funded our next two projects in Uganda. This idea started to gain momentum and Generosity Water was born.
Our organization quickly grew, and in 2008, after my son Jordan returned from traveling throughout Africa, he became Generosity Water’s Executive Director. I am excited for our future and the lives we will impact. There are many more communities and people that need our help––we’re just getting started. For more information, please visit www.GenerosityWater.com.