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MorningStar Senior Living Partners with Lifewater to Build Water Wells in Africa

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2019)—MorningStar Senior Living has launched a new multi-year partnership with Lifewater International to help the organization scale up its drilling operations in Africa.

The corporation, which provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care for seniors across the western half of the nation, donates each year to charities they believe in. The business partners with Casa Bernabe (an orphanage in Nicaragua), the Alzheimers Association, and local nonprofits in and around their 26 locations. Read more on its Foundation page at MorningStarSeniorLiving.com.

As the first step in their partnership, MorningStar is rallying their employees, vendors, and customers for the remaining funding needed to support a second drill rig to support Lifewater’s Ethiopia programs.

Lifewater President/CEO Justin Narducci said, “The new drill rig will be answer to prayer for so many families in Ethiopia, and we could not be more excited about serving these communities through the generosity of our friends at MorningStar.”

“The sooner we can raise the money, the sooner lives will be saved, village after village, child after child,” MorningStar Founder/CEO Ken Jaeger said.

“Ken and I have spent a lot of time together talking about business and mission,” Narducci added. “This partnership is the result of great alignment between our organizations.”

The rig is the beginning of an ongoing, significant contribution by MorningStar to expand Lifewater’s drilling efforts in remote villages across Africa.

Though himself raised in a family of meager means, Ken Jaeger was first inspired to live a life of philanthropic giving on a trip to Mexico as a boy.

“There were dozens of children begging on the streets for food,” he said. “I made a vow to God; I said, ‘Someday, when I am grown, I’m going to devote a portion of my income to the poor.’”

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from a waterborne disease. The new drill rig will effectively double Lifewater’s capacity to serve in Ethiopia, meaning more children in more communities can drink safe water in half the time it currently takes to provide those services.


Lifewater International is a Christian non-profit clean water and community health organization committed to helping children and families living in extreme poverty thrive. Learn more about Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village program and the unique contributions local churches, governments, leaders, and families make to build a healthier and more productive future for their children.

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