About

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.

Why do we do it?

We do what we do for 2 reasons: People and Love. The impact that safe water has on humanity is incalculable.

Supply Safe Water

  • Fewer children die

  • Healthier bodies

  • Healthier minds and spirits

Witness the Increase

  • Educational effectiveness grows

  • Work productivity increases

  • Economic status improves

Experience the Transformation

  • Women are empowered

  • Hope is instilled

  • Children are free to pursue their God-given dreams & purpose

That’s the impact. The motive is simple. When a child or a whole village switches from drinking dirty water to healthy water they can thrive and see their future as hope-filled!

Our Values

JESUS-INSPIRED

We are believers in Jesus Christ and are committed to honor him in all we do. We commit to partner with followers of Jesus around the world to respond to his call to serve the poor and the suffering, and to bring transformation where there is sickness, brokenness and division.

SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to developing projects and solutions that are sustainable in all aspects of ongoing operations. We will partner with local, in-country organizations as much as possible to ensure that projects are technically and culturally appropriate and will be sustainable over time.

UNITY

We commit to follow Jesus’ command to be peacemakers and to work to fulfill his prayer that his followers be united as one. We wish to foster reconciliation within the church and to create unity in spirit by encouraging followers of Jesus to focus on what they have in common in their faith rather than those things on which they disagree.

INTEGRITY

We commit to doing all we do with the utmost integrity. We expect and demand integrity from everyone associated with our work, from our employees and board members to our ministry partners. We want everyone with whom we work to know that they can trust us. We will do what we say we’re going to do and won’t make promises unless we believe that we can keep them.

ACCESSIBILITY

We commit to delivering projects and solutions that are economically accessible to as many people as possible in the communities which we serve. We will provide equal access to all in the community regardless of race, beliefs, tribe, social status or any other classification. Just as Christ ministered to all people without discrimination, so will we.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We commit to being accountable to both God and man for the resources with which we are entrusted. We are accountable to both our donors and our partners with whom we work and strive to be transparent in all we do. We adhere to the highest industry standards by employing accepted accounting principles and regular external audits. We endeavor to keep our administrative and fundraising costs as low as possible while simultaneously providing adequate support for our mission-critical objectives. We strive to communicate with our donors through timely and consistent updates on how their funds are being used.

Our Team

HEADQUARTERS

FIELD STAFF

Juan José Gómez M.noun_south-america_194337

DIRECTOR OF FIELD DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS

jjgomez@healingwaters.org

Biography

As Director of Operations for the Americas, JJ is responsible for leading and managing field operations in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, and Mexico, while also fulfilling the organization’s mission, vision and core values. JJ has extensive experience in project planning, operations leadership, marketing, training, development, team building and business management. He is responsible for managing high-level relationships with Strategic Partners, both at a Country level and also regionally, and oversees and directing in-country staff throughout Central America and the Island of Hispaniola. JJ works to encourage local site ownership, as well as supervising system implementation, site training, health and hygiene education, and business model practices to ensure sustainability at each site.

Sebastian Ovando

COUNTRY DIRECTOR, MEXICO

sovando@healingwaters.org

Biography

As a Presbyterian Minister, a former Professor of Theology and a native of Chiapas, Sebastian has been uniquely equipped for his role as Country Director for Mexico. As part of the Healing Waters ministry, Sebastian has witnessed and participated in every project implemented in Mexico since the arrival of the organization in 2004. From first contact all the way to implementation, Sebastian oversees each and every project and travels frequently, meeting with various leaders and seeking new partners in ministry. Sebastian is married and has two children, Gael and Hasadi, who are 10 and 12 years old.

dominican_republic-300x300Alex de la Cruz

OPERATIONS MANAGER, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

adelacruz@healingwaters.org

Biography

Growing up in one of the very poor sectors of Northern Santo Domingo, Alex knows first-hand what it means to not have safe water readily available. As a child he enjoyed playing stick-ball in the streets of Cristo Rey, the neighborhood where he spent his childhood and adolescence, and the very same neighborhood were only a decade later he would help install two water projects that today distribute more than 150,000 gallons of safe water each month. As Operations Manager for the Dominican Republic, Alex is responsible for identifying communities in need of water and helping empower them by bringing physical, social and spiritual transformation through safe water and health & hygiene education. His vision is to make the Dominican Republic a place where no child dies from a water-related disease.

Leticia Sarat de Acajabón

REGIONAL ACCOUNTING MANAGER FOR THE AMERICAS & GUATEMALA OFFICE MANAGER

lsarat@healingwaters.org

Biography

With over 20 years of experience in administration and finance in the non-profit world, Letty is a huge asset to our team in Guatemala. In addition to completing courses in translation, she has a degree in International Business and Marketing. Letty has been a part of Healing Waters for the last 9 years, and loves getting to share her passion for helping others gain access to safe drinking water. She is married and has 2 children.

Wesly C. Hippolyte

COUNTRY DIRECTOR, HAITI

whippolyte@healingwaters.org

Biography

Wesly is a native Haitian, born and bred in Southeast Haiti in the small town of Cotes-de-Fer, until he moved to Port-au-Prince to continue his education at secondary school.  In addition to his degree in management studies from Ecole Superieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti, he has completed programs on Global Leadership and Social Innovation with the University of the Virgin Islands and the University for Peace. After completing a year of work at Compassion International headquarters in Colorado Springs, Wesly returned to his native country to become Healing Waters Country Director for Haiti, combining his skills and leadership ability by working with local churches to create social change through sustainable safe water solution.

Walter Nonemaker

REGIONAL ENGINEER FOR THE AMERICAS & GUATEMALA PROJECT CONSULTANT

wnonemaker@healingwaters.org

Biography

Walter Nonemaker is the Water Project Consultant for Guatemala, as well as our Americas Regional Water Engineer. He has degrees both Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Spanish from Oklahoma State University and has been working for Healing Waters and living full time in Guatemala since 2010. His daily activities include assessing sites, developing relationships with local partners; and designing and installing water purification systems in remote communities throughout Guatemala and Southern Mexico. His vision is to see every community in Guatemala gain access to affordable, safe drinking water. In his free time, Walter likes exploring Guatemala’s beaches, volcanoes and historic villages with his wife and two children.

Kendra Jarrell

COORDINATOR, HEALTH AND HYGIENE EDUCATION PROGRAMS, GUATEMALA

kjarrell@healingwaters.org

Biography

Kendra joined Healing Waters in 2016, after seeing firsthand the impact of health and hygiene education at a Healing Waters project in rural Uganda. As former Country Director for one of our project partners in Uganda, she was personally involved in the implementation of the program, which she describes as a life-changing experience. Now based in Guatemala, Kendra is responsible for Healing Water’s Health & Hygiene Education Program in all of our staffed countries (Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti), as well as our partner sites all over the world. Kendra brings nearly 20 years of combined experience in the corporate world and the developing world, and degrees in cross-cultural studies and law. But more than that – she brings a passion to see healthy children, and women truly clothed with strength and dignity, through clean water and health and hygiene education.

Etienne Pierre-Louis

TRAINER AND PROJECT COORDINATOR, HAITI

Biography

Etienne is a native Haitian who grew up on a beautiful Island of Haiti named Lagonave. After high school, he moved to Port-au-Prince where he successfully completed his first degree in Financial Analysis with a group of teachers from UQAM University along with a diploma in Leadership through the Leadership Development Program of Compassion International – Haiti. Etienne’s background in accounting and training and revising of financial reports makes him a valuable asset in his role as Trainer and Project Coordinator in Haiti.

Lili Chacón

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, MEXICO

Biography

Odilia Chacón, who we fondly refer to as ‘Lili’, has many years of experience with Healing Waters International in our Mexico office. She is an Accountant by profession and brings many skills to our team in her current role as Administrative Assistant. Her passion concerning social causes and working on anything that involves helping others makes her a valuable asset to the Healing Waters team and pushes our organization to fullfill our mission to end the global water crisis.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Wentzien, Chairman

General Counsel, Fuller Investment Management Company

Rob Anthony

Chief Executive Officer, Healing Waters

Ana Valerie Mandri Rohen

Executive Director, Fondo de Conservacion El Triunfo

Dwayne Cooper

Global Account Manager, Parametric Technology Corp.

Dr. Todd Beckman

Owner, Comfort Dental of Ohio

Ken Timboe

Bank Examiner, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Monica LaBiche Brown

Executive Director, Africa Development Promise

Evan Roth

Owner, Roth Consulting International, LLC

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