Like many people, I moved about on spiritual journeys wanting to serve and engage God with my life: seeking purpose and meaning in my daily endeavors. Even though I had shaken off the burden of religion years ago and accepted God’s grace, I still believed that I could only truly serve through some type of Church ministry or through seminary training. It wasn’t until I embarked on a journey to bring clean water to children and families suffering in developing nations that I truly learned what ‘being’ the gospel meant and how I could love people as I am and as God made me.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” – James 2:15-16
On our many travels abroad, my good friend Josh Sanders and I were faced with the prevailing problem of access to clean and safe water. After some personal experiences where we were directly impacted and seeing communities living under the burden of un-safe and dangerous water supplies, we felt a strong compulsion to address this global epidemic in some way. Research into the problem revealed a Global Water Crisis with staggering statistics. Disease and even deaths by the thousands resulting from poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water plagues poor people around the world every single day. With a desire to make some kind of difference and a willingness to get directly involved Josh and I began laying the foundation for what would become Trashwater.
“Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words”
- commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.
Trashwater is committed to providing clean water and sanitation solutions. Typically, we utilize UV Filtration because of it effectively eliminates 99% of bacteria and pathogens and is easy and cost effective to maintain. Other clean water solutions may include rain water catchments, desalination, wells, or water treatment facilities depending on the needs of the community we’re serving. Trashwater begins every project by partnering with existing organizations in developing communities like clinics, orphanages, schools, and feeding programs. Trashwater also partners with other organization to bring much needed services such as medical, job training, and art education organizations. Trashwater also utilizes these local partners for the purpose of promoting awareness through events, education, and social media. Trashwater is committed to long term relationships with the communities it serves for the purpose of ongoing education and training, program development, connecting other organizations, and project evaluation.
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together”
- Malcolm Forbes
Trashwater has been blessed to have so much impact so fast and to be surrounded by such a diverse community of people who love and support our efforts. Trashwater has been a major catalyst for showing me how to engage and love people while also accepting love from others who are as different from me as I am from them. Though Trashwater is a strictly humanitarian organization, Gods love abounds and there is no missing his hand in, around, and through our efforts.
Colin M. Denlea