Allie's Wells - Providing Families Access to Safe Water
On July 27, 1999, our lives changed forever. Our granddaughter, Allie Nicole, age 2, slipped outside her family home and drowned in the backyard pool. Only minutes before she had been playfully jumping off the kitchen counter into her mother's arms.
Needless to say, we were devastated. Friends and family from near and far gathered to mourn her loss and to celebrate her life. We were held together within the arms of our loving Father God whose grace was sufficient to sustain us.
At the graveside service for Allie, a Messianic Jewish leader who had flown to be with us from Israel pointed at her coffin and said,
"This grain of wheat will not abide alone but will bear much fruit."
Over the last decade we have done many things to honor the memory of Allie but it has always been on our hearts to do something tangible that would be in line with this scripture that was proclaimed over her as we committed her to the Father.
It is with that hope to bring life where there was death that we are establishing Allie's Wells, providing families access to safe water.
Allie always loved the water and it was her love of water and the pool that drew her to the backyard where she spent her last moments this side of heaven. The water itself had no evil intent to rob us of our precious girl. In fact, water itself is life giving. We feel in our hearts that to use water as a positive and life giving source in the lives of others by bringing running water to families with no access would honor Allie's life and bring beauty for ashes to those of us who remain this side of heaven.
Many people are digging wells in Africa and Third World Countries and we honor that. Instead, our target would be to help people in the U.S.A. that still lack access to clean water, with an emphasis on the thirteen percent of Native American families that lack access. (One percent of non-Native American families lack access.)
The cost to dig a well in the U.S.A. runs around $5,000 per well. We will be raising funds on an ongoing basis to supply wells to families in need of safe water and sanitation.
If you would like to help, please click on the "Donation" button below and specify the size of your gift.
If you would like to help by check or money order, you can send your donation to:
Indigenous Messengers International
P.O. Box 248
Winchester, ID 83555
(Please make out checks to I.M.I and write for Allie's Wells on the memo line).
We will be giving updates on the project as we proceed to bring the gift of water to those who are in need.
I.M.I. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and direct donations are generally tax-deductible (please consult your accountant or your IRS specifics).