Wishing Well touts creative solutions to water crisis

Posted September 15, 2011

It's no surprise that Wishing Well, a nonprofit service organization that has brought clean water to more than 30,000 people, was birthed by students on ACU's campus. After all, educating students in service is the cornerstone of the university's mission.

Since its creation in 2006, Wishing Well has grown into an international organization connecting the efforts of American communities with people around the world who need clean water. For a week in September, the organization is returning to its roots, telling the ACU community its story in departmental talks from Sept. 25-30, a chapel lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and a chapel forum on Thursday, Sept. 29.

It's a story that has already inspired many in the ACU community to get involved.

"Over the last five years, Wishing Well has provided more than 30,000 people clean water through communities just like Abilene Christian University," says Ben Fulfer ('10), executive director of Wishing Well. "ACU's student body has been one of the leading student groups in our movement."

According to Fulfer, Wishing Well's mission is to empower communities to transform their world by bringing clean water to those in need. They encourage people to get creative and use the talents they already have to fight the lack of clean water that plagues one-sixth of the world's population.

Of ACU's student involvement, Wishing Well intern Sarah Fatheree says, "As a student body, we're coming together and using all the gifts and talents the Lord has given us to turn back and serve Him and His people. Last semester was so amazing with raising awareness of our mission at Wishing Well and empowering students to see that the way the Lord has equipped each of us is purposeful. We can make a difference!"

Fulfer is excited not only about the students who will hear their message, but about the faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

"We're hoping that sharing our story can empower students to use their passions and skills to impact those without access to clean water," says Fulfer. "We also believe that alumni and other areas of the community will be encouraged to learn what our student body is doing to change the world in which we live."

Fatheree encourages people to stay focused on what's most important about these talks.

"There are one billion people without clean water, so the way I look at it, we can never do too much. I want this week to raise money, yes, but more importantly, to raise awareness. We do not just want to channel money into the problem. We want to change hearts, because it is in changing hearts that lifestyles are affected, and this ripple will affect other ripples."

Learn more about Wishing Well's mission, successes, and ways to get involved at the Wishing Well website.