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Empowering communities to protect their health and environment through the sustainable use of water resources.


The Living Earth Institute (LEI) is a Seattle-based non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 1999 to aid international communities in developing sustainable water resources. Our primary focus is the development of water supply and sanitation projects; however, through experience, we know that in order to make these projects sustainable, we must take a holistic approach. This means that we work with the community to implement income generation training, micro-lending programs, literacy classes, hygiene education, and other programs to meet community-defined needs.


Sunday, December 8, 2013
Join King County Executive
Dow Constantine

For the Living Earth Institute Annual Fundraiser Gala
Making the Link:
Clean Water and Women’s Economic Power

The event starts at 6 PM
Includes Nepali dinner and cultural entertainment
Location: The Burke Museum
17th Ave NE AND NE 45th St
(University of Washington, Seattle)

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/442762
$50 Supporter     $250 Ambassador
$100 Advocate     $1000 Benefactor

Give the gift of sustainable clean water
this holiday season!

Gift a composting toilet for a family in Nepal
Toilets save lives
It is well known that without sanitation, there is no clean water. This card is a gift with more impact than any other, and you can purchase in honor of loved ones this holiday season. Your donation to LEI of $100 or more will provide a family the health benefits that come from sustainable sanitation. Click the "make a DONATION" button below, and then note "toilet card" with the name and address of the gift recipient and we will send the "toilet pop-up" card along.
Questions? email: pamelardo@gmail.com

Donate by credit card using PayPal:


Learn more about the impact of your support:​

NEW LEI Video- 
     See the difference your donation makes!
     http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmf5na_vts-01-1 (25 min total, 2 parts)

LEI in the NEWS!
      See the article about the Living Earth Institute and president Pam Elardo

READ the 2011 LEI Annual Report: download (PDF)


  • Donate Now
  • See the LEI documentary on our work in the Dhanusha District of Nepal: "Mili Juli Khane Pani" (Working Together for Clean Water)
  • Listen to LEI on Chicago Public Radio: "Drinking with Worldview—Sustainable Water Use" *
  • Contact LEI:

* If you do not already have RealPlayer installed on your computer, you will first have to go to RealNetwork's Web site and download it. Or you may download the file and open it using Windows Media Player.