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Meet Our Leadership Team

Founder and Chair

Sharon Holst

Sharon's desire to follow God's call led her to Togo in 2019, 2020, and most recently, in January 2022. She is blessed to apply her time and effort to the organization of Trees by the Water free of charge.
As a quiet leader, 
I started out by responding to a need I saw with one small gift.
In time, it has multiplied and divided many times over, thanks to great efforts on the part of many supporters with the same vision.  
Together, we work to give each child and family in our sphere of influence a chance at a better life.
We want them to have the things that we know God wants for them:
Enough to eat.
Clothes to wear.
Joy and happiness in life.
And a chance for a brighter future.
Together, we work hard to make sure they have every opportunity
to become the best version of themselves,
unhindered by poverty:
 safety, food, medical care, education, attention, 
spiritual direction, or opportunity.
In Jesus' name, we offer all that we have to serve Him - our time, talents, and treasure.  Will you do your part? 
Thank you and may God bless you.... 2 Cor. 9:6-15

Behind every great leader, there is a great team.

Linda Cox ~ Treasurer
Over the past 30 years, Linda has worked in various capacities such as bookkeeping, accounting, and records management.
She has also been active with many various children’s ministries in the community and church since the
1970’s. Currently, Linda and her husband and are members of West End Baptist church in Gaffney, SC where they
serve as leaders of the Senior Citizens group.
Approximately 4 years ago they began sponsoring a young boy through Trees by the Water, and since then they have also sponsored his brother. Linda is very excited to be part of this team and look forward
to what God is going to do through our concerted efforts to glorify His name.


Elisabeth Chicheportiche ~ Language Consultant

Elisabeth has lived in France for a number of years.  She applies her language expertise and heart to children and families in difficult circumstances as she assists us with relationships in French-speaking Togo.

Darlene Petrie ~ Executive Advisor
Darlene Petrie has 38 years of experience of grant writing, program development and implementation.
She has been successful in creating and implementing numerous programs in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
in support of youth in conflict with the law and youth experiencing homelessness. She has also been
successful at getting all the funds to support these programs. As well, Darlene has been successful at
obtaining capital grants to house homeless youth. She brings her years of
experience and her passion for supporting children, youth, and families to help increase sustainability at
an individual level as well as a community level.

Our Partners

We work closely with several partners and affiliates to make all the incredible work we do possible.

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The EchoSystem works to connect nonprofits and social enterprises around the world to resources and services that will help further individual organizations' missions. They help network and plan community events, create mutually-beneficial business relationships, and business consultations. They developed our website for free! Check them out below.

JESDDI: Jeunes Elites au Service du Developpement Durable et Integral


JESDDI was founded in 2015 as an organization with the goal of serving children at risk. They serve in the field of human rights and the protection of children. Their services include: Setting up and management of projects; monitoring and evaluating projects; and technical support training. They are the "boots on the ground"!


Back row (left to right): GNAKPO Samuel (Pastor), KOUWONOU William (Info.Tech.), FIAH Seth (Vice President), KPELLY Gilles (President), Front row: GLUADJIE Jeanne (Secretary), KUESSAN Cedric (Treasurer).

Filter of HOPE

Filter of Hope provides families with a simple, life-saving water filter and shares God's love with them, so they can drink clean water and experience the health and hope they deserve.  Around the world, more than two billion people are at risk of developing life-threatening waterborne diseases because they drink contaminated water.  When Filter of Hope staff, volunteer teams, and local church partners teach families how to use our $50 water filter, they get immediate access to clean drinking water and experience health for today.  And when they are introduced to Jesus, they experience hope for tomorrow.  Every day, more than 80,000 Filter of Hope water filters produce up to 20 million gallons of clean drinking water in 65 countries around the world.  Filter of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Visit for more information. 

Food Plants Solutions

We create educational materials that explain what nutritional food is, why our bodies need it and how to grow and use it. We focus on what is often neglected and underutilized plants, plants that are growing in and adapted to their environment, and are high in the most beneficial nutrients.  Our materials are designed to empower people, particularly women so that they can make informed choices on what plants to grow and eat that will nutritiously feed themselves and their families.  This project is cost-effective, proven to work, sustainable, and enables self-sufficiency.


At DonorSee, we dream of a world where the global poor receive the help, dignity, and human connection they need to thrive. 
We believe in the power of community to make a difference. Together we can create great change.

We never lose sight of who we are, and those we serve. These are the values that guide our decision-making every day.