Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Exciting 9 Months News!

Well cats, I can hardly hold it in any longer... the countdown has begun (no, not for Christmas you sillies... at least I'm not admitting to that just yet). Ready for it?

On January 30, 2010 the Water to Wine Project officially launched. This organization is a partnership of restaurants across the country that are working to end the global clean water crisis by encouraging the dining public to donate one quarter per person per visit to participating restaurants. Over the course of the past nine months, faithful guests, dedicated servers, and supportive restaurant owners have raised over $20,000 dollars for the clean water cause. That’s a lot of quarters.
Isn't it amazing to think that in these past few months a minimal contribution of 25 cents is now turning into 2 wells in Tanzania? Lives are being changed forever. AND (here's the exciting and moderately selfish part) 13 days from now I will be on a plane heading over to witness this awesome celebration! Seriously? Seriously?! Words cannot even describe how excited and honored I am to be a part of this. My dad received an email today from the NGO that is doing one of the wells and I just had to share a little piece of it:

"As you will not be staying in Morogoro for long, we have arranged that you witness the last part of it, which is pump installation. The people will also come out en masse to welcome you and share their joys with you."

I cannot even begin to imagine what it will be like when 150+ families come out into the streets of a rural village in eastern Africa and start sharing their joys! I'm picturing it kind of like Christmas... but with a really big family (with a lot of relatives that I look nothing like) 
(These are images from the town where the first W2WP well is going! Isn't that unreal?) 

As exciting as this is, the harsh reality is that 884 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water. These first two wells will only impact a small fraction of the people who live in danger every day, but they are a drop in the bucket. To learn more about the Water to Wine Project or to see how you can help fill that bucket, click here.

Side note: I understand that the title of this post is terribly misleading. Sometimes I think things are funny in my head. And a lot of times they aren't actually funny. Or appropriate. Whoops. 

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