Water=Life was founded in 2013 by Rev. Elena Delgado and a group of friends living in the Western New York area. Concerned with the access to clean water by children in the developing world, Water=Life was created with the goal of "nurturing the human spirit through the gift of clean water."
Inspired by her visit to Crossroads Springs Institute, a primary school for children orphaned by AIDS in Hamisi, Western Province, Kenya, Elena saw the great need for clean water both at the school and in the children's homes. Elena started to search for a solution and found one when a church member mentioned the Sawyer water filter system to her.
Friends and church mission committees eagerly supported Elena's vision to bring health and hope to the children of Crossroads Springs and their contributions resulted in more than 300 portable filters being delivered to the staff and students of Crossroads Springs.
Since 2013, Water=Life has expanded the scope of its efforts. In February of 2015, Elena partnered with Churches in Action to provide filters and training to the community surrounding the Devaise Pamphile Mixte College in Thomassin, Haiti.
Water=Life continues to bring attention to the pressing need for clean water by inviting those who share this concern to help make a difference.