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About Us

Tony & his siblings in 1989

Established in 2015, Water the Seeds Foundation is about raising awareness for the need of continuing education in Nimina, Burkina Faso (population 2027 as of 2019). And providing funds that will allow no-income children to attend school. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and we operate for the benefit of the children in West Africa.

Our Burkina Faso Roots


Our organization’s founder, Tony Simeon Amara, grew up in extreme poverty. His family could not afford to buy him books or basic school supplies. Now as a father of three, he is fighting to advance local education in West Africa.

“Because I am a native of Burkina Faso, I have a better understanding of the country’s socioeconomic situation, especially the factors affecting the children’s basic needs. Since I went through the same struggle as those in need. I aim to alleviate their poverty through quality education.”

We also meet and connect with the people we hope to help. Our personal experience and intimate knowledge of the situation set us apart from similar organizations. 

Short Story About Our Founder

Tony Simeon Amara

“I know for a fact that these kids cannot study without supplies, cannot work on an empty stomach, or live happily without adequate clothing. I know this because I was one of these kids in the 1980’s. I went to the very same broken structure of a school and worked on the exact same broken wooden desk that is in place today. The same dilapidated set of equipment has been in place for over 37 years. I only owned one outfit and never owned shoes. During my education, my father could not afford to buy me one book. Some years (if he could afford to) he would buy me one notepad, one pencil and 12 white chalk sticks for the entire school year. I am ashamed and embarrassed to say that I still remember stealing a piece of chalk from a classmate, because I did not have any.

I am now 46 years old and living in Los Angeles. I am an accomplished Chef, a caring husband to my wife April, and most importantly the proud father of three amazing children. Watching my children’s ever-expanding educational interests has been my motivation to help these African children. My parents never went to school, never learned French (the prominent Western language in our region) and could barely afford to send my siblings and I to school. During the school year, with no books and minimal supplies, it was almost impossible to learn anything. Not knowing the importance of an education and having minimal finances available, most children in the same situation do not complete an elementary level education, and so become child farmers. Only due to certain circumstances was I able to avoid this fate and write these words.

I strongly believe in our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ; I also believe that education is one of the main keys for success in life. I am determined to support and inspire these young kids and to spark in them a realization that hard work and education are extremely important for them to be able to accomplish their life goals.”


Peter Wright

Peter is a husband, father, grand-father, but above all a born-again Christian who accepted Jesus later in life. At 45 years old, he accepted Jesus Christ as his LORD and SAVIOUR. Jesus changed his relationship with his wife, children, friends and everyone around him. He has lead two mission teams to Peru. He attended Calvary Chapel Bible College. Peter has been a deacon, and on the Board at Calvary Chapel Refuge. Peter is very active along with his wife in the children ministry worship. He plays the guitar and his wife sings the songs with the children. They teach a nine-week course in finances to be the church and the class is open to the public.

Peter met Tony in 2018 and is very passionate to come alongside his brother and friend Tony to help the people and children in Nimina, Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Peter is the Chief Financial Officer for the Water the Seeds Foundation. He oversees the donations to ensure the maximum amount goes to the effort and the village of Nimina for the wells and school improvements.    


Cindy Westlund

Cindy is the wife of Eric, the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother to two grandsons. She is a Christian and is grateful for the Lords presence in her life daily.

For several years Cindy worked in quality control in a manufacturing environment. She was responsible for writing procedures, training employees, maintaining quality records, and auditing departments. Her other field of experience is event coordinating. She worked as an event planner/coordinator for 12 years with Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast.

It was at CCPC in 2013 that she met Tony and his wife April. She worked with Tony on several events at the church. In 2018 she was asked to assist on one of the events Tony was working on for Water the Seeds Foundation. She was excited and honored when she was asked to come on board to help WTSF help the children of Nimina, Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Cindy is the Chief Operating Officer with Water the Seeds Foundation.    


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Tony Simeon Amara

Founder, CEO

tonywatertheseeds@gmail.com

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Cindy Westlund

Chief Operating Officer

cindywatertheseeds@gmail.com

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Peter Wright

Chief Finical

peterwatertheseeds@gmail.com

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Christian Marino

Media/IT

dolceviolinmusic@gmail.com

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