As a successful technology entrepreneur and a passionate Christ follower, I have a deep desire to be a great steward of the resources that God has entrusted to me. To be a great steward, I believe we must find ways to make the greatest social and eternal impact possible from our finite resources.
Bringing clean water to communities that lack access to clean water transforms those communities and fundamentally changes the lives of the children and families who live there. Communities that lack clean water often have child mortality rates above 20%, plus they suffer from continuous health problems, reduced productivity, stressed family dynamics, and education is often hampered because the children are usually responsible for collecting water from distant sources. Providing those communities with a deep water well that provides year-round clean water can reduce the child mortality rates to low single digits, greatly improve overall health, and free up time that helps to increase productivity and education. Clean water is the base foundational building block that helps communities rise above abject poverty – and until water is addressed, nothing else can be very effective.
Burundi, sometimes called “The Forgotten Country,” has been the perfect storm. Years of civil war have decimated the infrastructure and the economy, making it one of the poorest countries in the world, with a large percentage of their population lacking access to clean water. Burundi is also densely populated and has extensive underground water tables, which makes deep water wells particularly cost effective when measured by “cost per person served.”
After learning that the major water charities were not working in Burundi because there were no effective in-country water partners, we decided to create Burundi’s first and only in-country, dedicated water organization – we call Amazi Water. We have purchased our own drilling rigs, hired GIS engineers, hydrogeologists, construction teams, community workers, extensive staff, and have made it our mission to bring clean water to the entire country of Burundi. Now, Amazi Water has become the de facto, in-country water partner for many other organizations, including UNICEF and World Vision.
When I add everything up: the critical need, the cost effectiveness, and the massive impact of these water projects, I have concluded building water wells in Burundi Africa has the most social and eternal impact I can make with my resources. That is why I’m all in.
Steve Preskenis - Treasurer
Steve and his beautiful wife Tracy have been married for 17 years. They have 2 boys who keep them busy with friends, school events, and sports.Steve grew up in Massachusetts but has spent the past decade in Texas. Steve has an MBA from Boston College in Boston, MA.His entire career of 21 years has been with Liberty Mutual Insurance.A regular volunteer at his church, Steve loves helping people understand how to better manage the resources they have been given. Steve is faithful and dedicated. His attention to detail and genuine support are a huge blessing to Amazi Water.
Dr. Celestin Musekura
Dr. Musekura is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. Dr. Musekura is the President and Founder of the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.) which started in 1994 as a response to the genocide in his home country of Rwanda. The vision of ALARM is an Africa without violent tribal or religious conflicts. The mission of ALARM is to develop servant leaders in the African Church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice.
ALARM operates in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The ALARM US Office is in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Musekura’s studies are in Theology, including a Masters and a PhD. Celestin is married to Bernadette and they have four children. They make their home in Dallas, Texas and Celestin splits his time between the US and East Africa.