LEI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TAX ID #91-1981151). Your donation is tax-deductible and we will send you a letter for tax documentation.
You can donate to LEI's global programs or directly to any project of your choosing. All LEI members are volunteers, allowing donations to go directly to the communities we serve.
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The Living Earth Institute
1418 Martin Luther King Jr. Wy
Seattle, WA 98122
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Support a program of your choosing!
Support Community Water Supply
A community tube well, such as the one pictured here typically serves 6 to 10 families. Often, this is the first time in their lives that these families have access to a deep well that provides clean water. The impact on their lives is dramatic. The clean water improves the health of the individuals in the community, and many children formerly tasked with carrying water all day long can now go to school. LEI trains local technicians in sound well-drilling practices to ensure that all water wells are constructed properly, sealed to prevent contamination, and provide water from deep, clean aquifers. In addition, LEI provides system maintenance and repair training to selected community members. These individuals receive income from the user fund as they operate the systems for years to come.
Support Sanitation Programs
Before well installation communities must have latrines installed to ensure protection of water resources. LEI provides materials and skilled labor for latrine construction. Each household must provide unskilled labor (pit digging) and pay a small fee towards materials. Once latrines are installed and health education programs are underway, LEI proceeds with tube well construction.
Support Income Generation Programs
In order for a community-based project to be successful, the project recipients must be organized, learn credit and savings skills, and participate in a “fee” system that will pay for long-term maintenance of water supply equipment after construction is complete. To that end, LEI works to help create income sources for women in the poorest communities by providing tailoring classes and literacy training. LEI also supports women in the Maithali community to pass on their traditional art skills to younger generations. This provides income and also helps preserve cultural heritage and identity.
Asha, one woman pictured here, was a participant in the LEI income-generation program. She now earns 3,000 rupees ($40 US) a month through her own business, which allows her to pay her portion of the water supply maintenance fund, and allows her to send her children to school.
Your donation of $100 will send a woman, like Asha, to a 3-month comprehensive training course.
Support Childhood Education
LEI projects are coupled with basic education and skill enhancement programs. The children pictured here are from families of the “Dalit” or untouchable caste in Nepal. Although primary education in Nepal is free, many children of this caste cannot attend school because their families cannot afford the basic clothing or supplies required. All the children pictured here are recipients of LEI donor-direct funding that pays for their school supplies, school uniforms, and shoes. The lives of these children are dramatically changed as they can enjoy the opportunity to learn in a setting with their peers. LEI also works with educators to assist with curriculum development. We provide training materials related to newly installed community water supply systems, health, and system sustainability.
Your donation of $50 is enough to support one child in school for an entire year.