Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2010, Friendly Water for the World trains and equips communities in sustainable village-scale technologies to safeguard, conserve, and expand essential resources.
A world where rural communities have access to essential resources; where villages and cultures are preserved, and there are no climate refugees.
Creating health, social and economic benefits.
Working Together to Change the World
Meet Our Team
Eric Lung’aho Lijodi
Eric has been with Friendly Water since its founding, having started as a volunteer. Prior to Friendly Water, he worked in in Kenya's Public Service Sector in different capacities at the Kenya Forest Service, Department of Weights & Measures, and the Ministry of Trade, Industrialization & Tourism. Eric also serves the Quaker Church as the Vice Presiding Clerk of Kakamega Yearly Meeting of Friends. Eric and his wife have five children, and are guardians to over 10 orphans.
Ezra Kigondu attended Eldoret National Polytechnic and pursued a Diploma course in chemical engineering. Prior to joining Friendly Water, Ezra worked as a production and shift engineer, conflict resolution trainer, project development coordinator, and a trainer consultant. Ezra lives with his wife and three children and enjoys reading books in his free time.
Joy attended Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega and studied for a Diploma in General Agriculture. Prior to joining Friendly Water in 2022, she worked with Parapet Cleaning Services in Nairobi and Mombasa, and Corteva Agriscience as a sales representative and group trainer. Joy and her husband have two children in primary school.
Curt has been a non-profit executive director for over twenty-five years. He has worked in shelters for the unhoused, in jails and prisons, and within inner city neighborhoods beset by poverty and crime. He spent years as a non-profit builder/ developer creating owner-occupied homes for very low-income households. Curt has been with Friendly Water since 2018.
Heather joined Friendly Water in 2017 as a bookkeeper. During the pandemic, she and her husband started a new adventure and purchased three acres on the Big Island of Hawaii where they love to snorkel, fish, hike kayak and just spend time outdoors.
Lesley joined Friendly Water as Development Manager in the summer of 2023. Her background includes 25 years of development experience in higher education, environmental conservation,and the arts. Lesley earned Masters degrees in Ecology and Forest Resources at the University of Maine. She serves in the Rotary Club of Bangor, where she lives in Maine.
Connie Vasek, Chair
Denny Kautzmann, Treasurer
Dave Henry, Secretary