NEW BEGINNINGS – Soweto – Jinja, Uganda

Dear friends and partners,

I just returned from Uganda! What an amazing trip we had seeing the faces of Soweto (“So-Weight-O”)!

Pastor Florence

Pastor Florence

We spent the entire month of May reaching out to Soweto and sharing about the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. But first, I’d like to share my story of how I met my dear friend Pastor Florence. I will never forget the first greeting she gave me. The moment she first saw me she ran right into my arms and gave me such a warm welcome! In her excitement, she immediately grabbed my hand and rushed me into the church! There at Evangel Church we all came together to share how God had brought us to Soweto. We all had recognized that in that moment God had been leading all of us towards this day. We shared how each of us had been given a vision and how God authored each one. It was a God defining moment for our ministry!

I had the vision for i GIVE H2OPE 11 years ago, and Pastor Florence had a vision concerning clean water in her community of Soweto 25 years ago. For the first time EVER I saw right in front of me the other person God had been speaking to – Pastor Florence!

Pastor Florence is in her 60’s and is the “mother” of her community. Not only does she have compassion for her neighbors but she also uses wisdom and guidance from God to look after those whom she loves. How amazing it is to see the vision of i GIVE H2OPE becoming a part of the community of Soweto and the growth of our ministry! Since June of 2015, the time we had started helping Soweto, Pastor Florence has been managing the care of the Water Tap and Storage Tank next to the church. She uses every opportunity she gets to pray with neighbors and shares the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was a special moment listening to how God had brought her to Soweto and the vision she had back in 1989 (when I was only 5 years old)She shared that there would be a day when Americans would come and help this community. She knew that her village would be restored. She had faith in God that clean water would come. It was on this day in 1989, that she was sitting at home looking out her front doorway and she saw a vision of water gushing out from the ground. And today, that is the same place where the water tap comes up. 

i GIVE H2OPE – Current Progress (Soweto – Jinja, Uganda)


Iryn (“I-reen”) receives her WaSH certificate. Now she can share with her family how to keep their home healthy and clean.


Akim (“Ak-eem”) owns a clinic in Soweto and is very proud to help bring hope to his community by giving his upmost care.

Because of years of continued work and partnerships, we have been able to provide the community of Soweto with 364,557 gallons of water since last July, enough for nearly 800 people! In total that is $1,020, (an average of about 10¢/person/month). But this was only the beginning!

After visiting Soweto this past May, we discovered a greater need to not only provide clean water but also education of sanitation and hygiene. During our time in Soweto we partnered with 3 other NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) to make an impact. These organizations include 1 from the U.S., 1 in Uganda, and 1 from Rwanda. They are Water4 (, Young Men Drillers, and Water Access Rwanda respectively. The work we accomplished together was life changing for the people of Soweto.

We conducted training through what we call our WaSH program. This program is designed to actively involve the community to discover their own solutions. For example; the simple act of hand washing is something you and I take for granted. However, in Soweto, some consider it a nuisance compared to all of the other responsibilities they have, ie: making money or going to school. It is simply something that is not talked about. However, in time the people of Soweto began taking notice. They saw the chains that link the pathway of germs from their dirty hands to their mouths. They saw the chains that give flies the opportunity to spread disease from open latrines. So they gathered together in teams, performed skits, shared ideas and came together to tackle their communities’ problems. They discussed issues such as open defecation vs. building a properly maintained latrine. They shared the importance of hand washing and filtering their water. They discovered that in order to break the chains that they would have to put to use what they have learned!

After the 3-day training was completed, community members gave testimonies of how their family’s lives would never be the same! One said, “I know how to safely store my family’s drinking water so my children will no longer have Typhoid!” They are hopeful for a better tomorrow because they are breaking the chains! But in order for the work to go forward, we need a continued effort for follow up training and discipleship. Not only are the people of Soweto becoming healthier they are also open to receive God’s promises. Each of them has a dream and each of them has a hope. With your help, we will continue to break the chains of sickness and disease, ultimately giving hope and saving the lives of Soweto!

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i GIVE H2OPE – Monthly Budget for Current Programs – Soweto – Jinja, Uganda

In order for the work to continue, we need an increase in the number of our Sponsorships. We need a pledge of $25/month from 28 donors, which is a total financial goal of $8,400 for the year. Not only will this pledged amount help the people of Soweto, it will also help neighboring towns and communities. With your support we will continue to educate the people of Soweto about sanitation and hygiene and also begin a discipleship program. These pledges will help support those in the field with transportation, WaSH handbooks, and discipleship materials. It’s vital that we keep these resources available to the community leaders so that they are engaged as advocates for i GIVE H2OPE.

A quick look…

$430/month – To Hire 1 Full-Time Staff to facilitate WaSH and Discipleship Programs

$110/month – WaSH Program expenses

$25/month – Discipleship Program expenses

$15/month – Follow Up WaSH trainings (Certifying clean homes)

$120/month – Water Bill for Soweto (To be fazed out as community becomes sustainable)


$8,400/year GRAND TOTAL 


Are you 1 of the 28 partners willing to sacrifice 1 night out for dinner or 5 Starbucks drinks a month? $25 isn’t much, but for a community in Uganda, it can do so much!

Be the ONE to give hope to Soweto! 
Become a sponsor today! At:

OR MAKE A MONTHLY CHECK PAYABLE TO: i GIVE H2OPE and send to our address:
8150 Runaway Bay Dr. Unit L Charlotte, NC 28212




i GIVE H2OPE – What Can You Do? – Soweto – Jinja, Uganda

How can you help? That is a great question! The great part about i GIVE H2OPE is that it always starts with “i.” You can always be a part of the vision wherever you are. Maybe you can organize your very own Water Walk! We can help you with that! Maybe you know some mothers who are really good bakers and you could organize your own bake sale. Or maybe you are a Pastor of a church and could get your congregation involved by partnering with our team and organizing a mission trip. BIG or small, you can always be a part of i GIVE H2OPE. To get involved or for more ideas send us a message at:

  • Organize a Bake Sale ($100-$200 Goal)
    Collect all kinds of baked goodies from your friends and come together to do a bake sale at your neighborhood market.
  • Organize Your Own Water Walk ($1,500-$3,000 Goal)
    Make it fun, make it challenging, and make it unique. Inspire others to give hope to Soweto!
  • Partner with us & organize a Mission Trip through your church  ($2,000 – $2,500/person)
    Have a heart to serve those in Soweto? Come ready to stretch yourself and use your talents for God’s kingdom. In whichever way, come expecting to grow!

Thank you!
In serving Him,



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Water Heart Dear friends and partners,

2015 was a transitional year for me.  As most of you know I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina with a confident expectation for our organization. I did not know all the details but I did know one word that I kept hearing in my heart, it was opportunity, and it has surely come! In 2015, we had the privilege of being on “Good Day Charlotte – WJZY” – Fox 46 Morning News. We also recently partnered with 50/50 Projects, an organization whose goal is to help bring clean water and other sustainable projects to the developing world; giving people a hand up, not just a hand out. You can learn more about 50/50 Projects at But most inspiring, is our partnership with the small village of Soweto in Uganda, Africa…

(Watch the Good Day Charlotte broadcast – HERE) 

  Since June of 2015, we have been providing clean water to nearly 1,000 people at $0.16/person/month or $2,000/yr. for 1,000 people. The best part about our relationship with Soweto is that every time an individual comes to receive fresh life giving water they have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our dear friend Pastor Florence manages this clean water source, which is also maintained by the city of Jinja. Little children no longer have to fetch their families’ water. This saves them countless time that can instead be spent playing outside, going to school or helping out at home.

Mary and Friends
(Mary and her friend working together, Zambia 2011)

Our Team

  Please join us as we build our core team in Jinja in 2016. We will spend the entire month of
May developing relationships with various NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations). Our goal is to model and support work that is already taking place within these organizations.

  We do not desire to duplicate the wheel but to add on another spoke to that wheel. One way we intend to do this is to train and send leaders to the many unreached communities. We understand that in order for our vision to be fulfilled we must have a strong team on the ground leading and guiding others. We are looking for individuals with the experience needed to help the people of Africa. We desire people who are relational as well as influential. Our clean water programs will be at the forefront of what we do. We will train future leaders, share the gospel and also lead small devotional groups. In order to support our first 2 leaders it will cost appx. $15,000/yr. Please pray with us as we begin our search for these key leaders.

(Emmanuel celebrating with children; Soweto, Uganda, 2015)

Water Programs

We also have big plans for our water programs in Jinja. In the next year we would like to increase our impact outside of Soweto to other communities. We want to build working relationships with other NGO’s to help spread access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This will be accomplished through WaSH trainings (Water and Sanitation Hygiene). These trainings will provide an avenue of knowledge and awareness to spread throughout the regions in Africa. In doing so, Ugandans can live healthy lives and have opportunities to lead in the advancement of these WaSH training programs. Each training session costs $300 and we plan to have multiple trainings throughout the year.

Please consider making a donation by clicking HERE, no gift is too small.


  Together, we can give H2OPE!
  Your friend, 


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Dear friends and partners,

In 2010, I founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named “i GIVE H2OPE;” (The 2 is silent but our cause is not!) i GIVE H2OPE is a cause devoted to help bring the gift of clean water to children and families throughout the world. My vision is to see clean water change lives and bring HOPE! Simply stated; “Water is Life!” Without access to clean water none of us can survive and through that simple gift countless children and families will now have a chance to pursue their dreams.

Because of the great work of nearly 100 volunteers and partners, I am pleased to announce that 800 lives in the village of Soweto (in Uganda, Africa) will have clean water for the next year!

“Soweto” (So-Weight-O) is a large village of 5,000 people and currently we are helping around 800 of these people. Every month we help fill a Water Storage tank in this community. The water is sourced directly from the city water lines, however, the people we help live on less than $1/day and cannot afford the water bill. Our desire is to help fill this need so that they at least have the chance to be healthy and pursue their dreams. The average bill is $150-$180/month, that’s an average of $0.20/person/month.

Throughout the summer of 2015, we organized two Water Walks and raised over $4,500! Not only will this allow us to provide clean water for Soweto but it will also help send over our team to complete the next stage of our project. In 2016, we will strengthen our relationship with Soweto and the local government. We will increase the amount of Water Storage tanks and implement sanitation and hygiene programs. In addition to those efforts, we will also partner with other local NGO’s. We thank each of you for contributing this summer; it is truly humbling to see the VISION of i GIVE H2OPE grow and expand across the country!

In the weeks and months to come we will begin hearing the impact we have made by our giving. We ask for your continued support as we expand our impact! We believe strongly that HOPE will grow and continue to spread throughout Africa and the world!

Thank You!

Johnny May



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April has come to an end and I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful and amazing the people of North Carolina truly are. I came back with new friends and some amazing stories of how God is moving in the lives of those we met.

The first story is truly a miracle! Two people who never met each other before were brought together. The miracle: the one had been lifting up the other in prayer 3 years ago, not aware of who the other person was or where they lived. Back in 2012, during my last stay in North Carolina, I met both these people for the very first time, one living in Ohio and the other in North Carolina. So this past April, just as I was getting prepared to return to North Carolina, my friend (the one who was standing in the gap in prayer for the other) decided she wanted to come with me. As we traveled, I shared with her about the people I had met while visiting there before; her heart began to move. We arrived in North Carolina on April 1st and on April 2nd my friend met the one she had been praying for! I was simply in awe of God! This connection was not only miraculous but it was an assignment from God. My friend was able to be an encouragement to this person and also imparted to them knowledge. But even more significant, God imparted his peace, comfort, and love. I love how God uses all of us in His kingdom!

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eGroup – Elevation Church

Along our journey, we met remarkable people who have incredible hearts. We DISCOVERED a generation of world changers passionate about helping end the world water crisis. We met all kinds of young people with unique gifts and talents. We surrounded ourselves with multiple generations who responded to the call. The call to give of their lives to help those around the world, people whom they may never meet. One of the groups we had the privilege of meeting was a Bible study group filled with young people. They call their group “DEEP” because they believe in Discipleship, Exploration, and Evangelism for Young People. We made friends with awesome guys like Justin C., Jonathan I., Jeff B. and girls like Merrie T. and Caitlyn J. We were so inspired by everyone’s love and compassion and heart for God. Thank you “DEEP” for welcoming us into your family!


the small Bible Study Group – “DEEP”

We were inspired to see a community come together to put their talents, time and treasures together to change their world. Altogether we raised nearly $1,000 during our time in North Carolina. We are so thankful for everyone’s contribution and continue to pray over these donations. We continue to see lives changed in Africa all the time and we are grateful for every partner who makes our vision a reality! This was our very first road tour EVER and there were so many opportunities to share our hearts! We believe in the vision God has given us to inspire those around our world to discover the hope within them through the provision of clean water. Many doors opened during our time in North Carolina and we are excited to share with our friends and partners that there will be many more trips to North Carolina in our future.


Thank You!
In Serving Him,



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My Story

Hello, my name is Joseph Chunda, l am in grade 7 at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe School. The School is situated in a community called KX in Ndola’s Masala area in Zambia. The school was named after the gallant freedom fighter, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, I too want to become a freedom fighter, but a freedom fighter for clean water.

Having being located in a densely populated area, the school suffers many challenges among them being; vandalism, theft, and an erratic water supply. However, the lack of water has been the biggest challenge. This has affected students at the school very much. Right now the school has toilets, which can no longer be used. Hygiene practices such as hand washing cannot be practiced properly because sometimes the school goes without water even for washing hands.

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe School was once a drop-in center for orphans. The community majority is composed mostly those who are orphans. It is currently depending on a shallow well for drinking water.

Please make a donation today for my friends and family, so we can have clean water, our health, and our future back.





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My School at our only water source                My Family
    Polluted and Contaminated


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Our Vision

Dear friends,

In the past few months I have spent time praying about which direction to take our mission and how to reach those with the gift of clean water. Last November, we shared our Mission Statement – “Discover, Develop, Deploy”

Number 1.
We aim to DISCOVER the next generation of World Changers, passionate about helping end the World Water Crisis.

Number 2.
We help DEVELOP them as the leaders of tomorrow.

AND Number 3.
We DEPLOY them into areas all around the world bringing hope to countless lives through the gift of clean water.

Our Mission is what drives our Vision, it is the action behind what see ahead of us. Our Vision is to see a world filled with people who have access to safe drinking water, freeing them from poverty and addictions. By bringing an end to the World Water Crisis, we will restore families and allow children to pursue their dreams once again. That is nearly 1 billion lives changed.

In order to put an end to the World Water Crisis, we need to build an army. We need to gather the hands and feet of those who are ready to get to work. Step 1 in Our Mission is to DISCOVER. That is why during the month of April, 2014 I will be going on my first H2O Tour to Charlotte, North Carolina to speak the vision of i GIVE H2OPE.

During this tour we plan to DISCOVER a generation of World Changers, a generation with unique gifts and talents. We believe it is vital to share God’s truth so we can be awakened to God’s calling on our lives. This is the first fundamental step in bringing the gift of clean water to those who so desperately need it.

If you wish to make a donation towards the costs of this 1st “H2O Tour” you can make a donation online by clicking “give NOW” below or sending your gifts to our PO Box. Please make all checks payable to i GIVE H2OPE and write “H2O Tour” on the Memo Line of your gift.





We are also accepting the following gifts:
Gas Cards
Gift cards to Wal-Mart (For our Traveling Needs)
Automotive Gift Cards
Other Traveling Items/Services


Thank you for your support!

Johnny May

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Nearly 1 Billion.

That is the number of people in the world without access to safe drinking water. Everyday there are women and children all around the world going out looking for clean water to drink but what they find just makes them sick, creating tremendous struggles for their lives.

This is the World Water Crisis.  Aside from safe drinking  water, 1 out of every 6 people in the world also have no place to bathe, no place to wash their hands, no place to prepare their food, and no place to go to the bathroom. In America we are taught as children to wash our hands often and we’ve always had clean water to drink. This crisis desperately needs to be shared. Basic sanitation and hygiene create the foundation of our lives. This same foundation must be built in order to change the lives of countless others around the world. Doing this will create the most radical movement our world has ever seen!

If we have dreams to impact our world but realize that we can fulfill these dreams on our own then we’re not dreaming big enough!

The World Water Crisis is solvable!  I am just one man with a vision, but it is my heart to see the end of poverty, the end of lack, the end of injustice all around our world.  So I am asking you today, to join with me and give H2OPE. With our hearts united, we can change our world!


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Happy World Water Day Everyone!

I want to take the time and thank each and everyone one of you for participating in 20 Days of H2OPE this year. If your sitting there saying to yourself; “I didn’t know about it!” or “I really enjoy my coffee and I just couldn’t participate this year,” DON’T PANIC! There are more exciting things to come!

Our heart is to see a world that is full of HOPE. We are inspired to see young girls back in school and fathers once again the providers for their families. Our vision goes beyond clean water, it is about sharing a message of hope, changing lives, and equipping a generation to do great work.

Our friend Joseph is counting on us! With the gift of clean water, his life will never be the same!

Our goal:


$6,000 to drill a well for his school. In the coming days we will tally up the pledges and share with you if we were able to meet that goal.

Below are pictures of Joseph and his classmates, from Ndola, Zambia.
From the bottom of my heart,
Thank You!

Johnny May



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Joseph’s Well

Nearly 1 year ago we learned of an 12 year old boy living in Ndola, Zambia who has a heart for giving his people clean water, his community and school still have no well.

The School:

The school is named Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe. It is situated in a highly populated area
called Masala, in Ndola, Zambia. It has a population of 1,500 and the school currently does not have  a proper source of water. They have been using a hand dug well as their water source. Although, some time back they used to have piped water which was supplied by a local water utility company. However, the company is failing to cope with the demand due to over population in the area. This has created a very stressed water supply.

Furthermore, the toilets are very dirty and so people are failing to use them. As a result, some of the local residents result to using surrounding bushes which are very close to houses. This causes continuous contamination of  the water source as the human excrements and other waste are washed into the water source.

The Dream:

Our friend Annie, who works at Seeds of Hope, recently spoke with three people from this school and discovered the story of an 11 year old boy Joseph Chunda. Joseph is in the 6th grade and would like to become a journalist. He shared that he is motivated by a Zambian
journalist named Emmanuel Lukonde who is a news caster at a local television station called Muvi TV. Joseph told Annie that he is encouraged by what he has learned in one of the subjects in school called Civic Education. In this class Joseph shared of what he learned  about the man called Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe who the school was named after.

During Annie’s visit, Joseph took time to narrate to his classmates how the freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe helped Zambia gain it’s independence. He says he will use his profession not as a freedom fighter, but to advocate for the provision of safe and clean water and good sanitation. He developed this interest during the time he has spent at his school because of the hardships he faced in accessing clean water and good sanitation. Joseph lives with his father and mother who are struggling to make ends meet. He shared how he wants to work hard at school so that he can help his parents to come out of poverty.

Below is Joseph’s photo sharing with his classmates on the former freedom fighter, the late Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe. Other pictures are his classmates: Margaret Mwelwa 11 years old and Chilekwa Kabaso, also 11 years old.

Other photos are of the school Head Teacher and the school’s source of water, the hand dug well.

Let’s help give Joseph and his classmates the H2OPE they want to share with their families!



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