NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tweeters have tweeted, the Pinners have pinned and the Facebook and Instagram posts are in. Five-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer, Sandi Patty and Richard and Terri Greenly, co-founders of Water4, have announced winners of the Water4 Holiday Initiative - "What Does Water Mean To You?"
Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest users were encouraged to upload personal photos and videos which express the answer to the question, "What Does Water Mean to You?" For each image uploaded, a $10 donation was made to Water4. Supporters posted, and the Water4 team named the three winners Lisa Hays of Marietta, Oklahoma, Michael Milligan of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Melissa Curry Wilson of Oklahoma City. For their thought-provoking and evocative vignettes, each will have a well dug and pump installed in their family's names. Furthermore, each winner will receive four hand-crafted, fair-trade bracelets made by women in Delhi, India.
Loyal Water4 supporter, Sandi Patty, guest judged the contest. However, Patty's involvement does not stop there. Water4 is pleased to announce that Patty will accompany the team on their trip to Sierra Leone this February. There, Patty will engage with the local community at various drilling sites and help to install a pump with the Water4 crew. While in Africa, Patty will also visit communities that have completed wells to see how clean water changes lives.
"I am thoroughly looking forward to joining Water4 on their trip to Sierra Leone. I am deeply moved that the Water4 team is including me on this incredibly important mission. Water4 is tackling the global water crisis with their simple and achievable solution -- teaching people around the world to develop their own water well drilling, pump manufacturing, and water services enterprises. Water4 is not only providing life-sustaining clean water to these communities, but also extending employment opportunities to its members. I could not be more honored and thrilled to be a part of this beautiful mission," said Patty.
Water4 is a 501(c)3 public charity headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and was founded in 2008 with the mission to not only provide safe drinking water to at-risk, impoverished areas but also to teach and provide employment opportunities through water well drilling and the manufacturing of affordable water pumps and manual drilling equipment. While numerous organizations are helping to solve the global water crisis, few, if any, approach or execute the process of providing clean water quite like Water4. As the Water4 strategy is implemented, indigenous people are empowered to solve water problems that not only provide clean drinking water sources but also create economic impact in communities where unemployment is as high as 80 percent. Since inception, Water4 has helped more than a quarter million people gain access to clean drinking water in more than 15 countries, including a new project targeted to benefit more than one million people in Ghana, Africa in partnership with World Vision.