Congrats to Jeff and Lauren

Jeff & Lauren's Friends Give Clean Water as a Wedding Gift

Jeff & Lauren's Friends Give Clean Water as a Wedding Gift

Jeff and Lauren are getting married this weekend.

To celebrate this very special occasion, a few of their friends have decided to give a different kind of wedding gift…one that keeps giving, everyday, to more than 100 people for the next 10 years!

With the money this group has collected, we’re going to build a well in Western Kenya.  In a few months, Jeff & Lauren, and everyone who attends their wedding will be able to see the good they have done, right here.

Just imagine the countless weddings that will take place in Kenya, over the next ten years, in the community this will help.  At each celebration there, clean water will be served to the guests…thanks to one very special wedding this weekend.

Congratulations Jeff & Lauren…on your marriage, and on having some very special friends!

If you’d like to support Jeff & Laurens Wedding Gift, you can be a part of it here.  Or, you can leave a comment below for the happy couple!

Khasunire Well Complete

The well at the Khasunire Community in Western Kenya in now complete.

This well is serving 570 people in the community.  The project is overseen by a water committee of 3 men and 7 women.  Together with the rest of the community, they raised over $300USD to secure the initial permits and surveys needed to carry out the project.  They will oversee it going forward, helping to ensure it’s sustainability.

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This well was sponsored by the following donors:

Change Christmas Campaign and General Gifts:
January 15, 2009 – January 26, 2009

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Ebumamu School Well Complete

The well at the Ebumamu Primary School in Western Kenya in now complete.

This project serves over 800 students at the school and a total of well over 1,000 when you include the community in the Shinoyi Sub-location of Western Kenya, about 25km from Kakamega.

A water committee of 11 men and 3 women oversee the project.  Before construction began, the community was mobilized and raised over $300USD to cover the cost of surveys and permits.  This project is truly “owned” by the community.

The previous water source was a passing stream over 3km away that was both unclean and unsafe.

The project leader noted…

“The community response was positive, most of them welcomed with joy the new water source. Most of them said the distance from their homes to this new water source cannot bother them, even if it is far but their joy was that they were able to access clean water.”

This well was sponsored by the following donors:

Change Christmas Campaign and General Gifts:
December 26, 2008 – January 10, 2009

1km in Other’s Shoes

Imagine walking over 1 km every time you needed to get a drink of clean water.  What would it be like to lug around huge containers of water with you, all day…even at school?

Five students at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario did just that in order to raise over $500 for clean water!

Each student pledged not to use their own taps for 48 hours.  Every time they needed water, they walked over 1km to a water station (a friend’s house) to fill up.  When they didn’t hit their fundraising goal in 48 hours, they kept up the effort for two more days.

Nathalie S. said in a letter to us,

“The idea was that we would gain an appreciation for having potable water at the turn of a tap while raising awareness of water issues to all those we talked to…carrying huge containers of water around the school will get lots of attention.”

We have to say, that’s one of the most inspirational fundraisers we’re heard of.  We were moved.  Not only will at least 50 people get clean water for a decade…but hundreds of folks at Fleming College will never forget those five students with the water jugs.

Way to go Nathalie and crew!!