Water: Where it all began – A Letter from our Executive Director


An early picture of my father at one of our first water wells on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

March 22nd is the United Nation’s World Water Day. Read this message from our Executive Director, Paul Krizek, to hear how water initiated our first partnerships and was one of Christian Relief Services’ primary focuses when it was founded 28 years ago.

Dear Friends,

Nowadays I am sure you hear regularly about so many different days of commemoration or celebration – I do believe March 20th is commemorated as Extraterrestrial Abductions Day while March 21st is reserved for celebrating Fragrance Day – and maybe World Water Day would have passed you by. But for me, World Water Day is just one day out of 365 days that should be dedicated to this resource that is so necessary to every aspect of human life. In fact, the very first project that Christian Relief Services dedicated itself to was the construction of a water well on an American Indian reservation. Back then, my father, Gene Krizek, had just founded Christian Relief Services and traveled out to the reservation to talk about the most pressing need. He received a one-word response: “Water.”Access to water has been a challenge in nearly all the communities we have worked with. From American Indian reservations in the northern Midwest of the United States to the remotely located villages of Bo in the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom of Sierra Leone – water is the key to life.

And as always, thank you for your ongoing support and compassion for the issues that affect so many struggling communities worldwide. I can truly say that you are our rock when times test our resolve against these critical issues. 

Thank you,
Paul Krizek