About Us


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

The Living Earth Institute

1418 Martin Luther King Jr. Wy
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 861-6801

Who We Are
The Living Earth Institute (LEI) was founded by a small group of people in Seattle in 1999. All LEI board members are volunteers, allowing donations to go directly to the communities we serve.

Pam Elardo, P.E.


A professional engineer with over 30 years experience in regional and international infrastructure development. She first worked as a water supply and sanitation engineer in Nepal as a Peace Crops volunteer in the early 1980s. Since then, she has worked in the environmental engineering field with the Washington State Department of Ecology, then as the director of the King County regional wastewater treatment utility, and is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Bureau of Wastewater Treatment. In 1999, she co-founded the Living Earth Institute (LEI) and has been actively involved ever since.

Pratistha Kansakr


Shanti Thapa


Amanda Wager


With 16 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from NYU, Amanda Wager brings to the board both perspective and passion. Since her first steps in Kathmandu in 2013, Amanda has immersed herself in finding nonprofits that work with the communities of Nepal. Once Living Earth Institute was discovered by Amanda, there was no turning back. By the fall of 2013, Amanda was on the board with LEI, serving as their Secretary. Going to Nepal and seeing first hand the work that LEI does, is outstanding. Through this experience more opportunities has arisen and Amanda now serves on the board of the Bo M Karlsson Foundation; empowering women through education. While she enjoys the active life she has built in Seattle, she looks forward to enrich the country she considers her "home

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Disaster Relief for Nepal How to Help

Mar. 2, 2016 by

The Living Earth Institute has been engaged locally in Nepal to decipher the best ways we can help the people of Nepal after a most devastating tragedy. Our recommendation is to immediately support grassroots efforts and engage over time on

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The Living Earth Institute Annual Report

Dec. 15, 2015 by

The Living Earth Institute still thrives as a small, yet powerful international NGO where many people have provided financial support to the organized communities making changes in sustainable development. And although on the surface you find many clean water taps

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Gift a composting toilet

Dec. 1, 2015 by

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

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Living Earth Institute Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Sep. 15, 2015 by

Please Join Us Living Earth Institute Annual Fundraiser Dinner Sunday, October 25th, 2015 4:30 – 7:00 PM $75 per person Buy Tickets Download Flyer (PDF)

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Jamie Daudon’s Summer Internship 2014

Oct. 5, 2014 by

Living Earth Institute Summer Internship 2014 from Jamie Daudon on Vimeo.


How Seattle helps with world’s water challenge

Apr. 11, 2012 by

Crosscut (www.crosscut.com) by Collin Tong Water is something most people in the Puget Sound region take for granted.  Yet in many developing nations, access to clean water and effective sanitation can spell the difference between life and death. Read More

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LEI – Part Two

Nov. 19, 2011 by

Learn more about the impact of your support:​ by Evamanandhar Watch on Daily Motion

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LEI – Part One

Nov. 18, 2011 by

Learn more about the impact of your support:​ VTS_01_1 by Evamanandhar Watch on Daily Motion

Income Generation