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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!

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!!

Burns H.S. FFA – Building 2 Wells in India

Burns HS FFA Team

Burns HS FFA Team

UPDATE: November 17th, 2009 – Well Project Reports Posted

See the Wells at: Bagavathi & Kattur

Casey and the crew at the Burns High School FFA Chapter just blew the doors of their Water Challenge fundraiser!  We got a letter a  few minutes ago from the team.  Here are some excerpts…

“Our FFA Chapter wanted to take on a task that would impact the world.  An officer, Alison K., … proceeded to research it and learn about all the different programs that would allow us to help build a well.  After careful consideration she selected The Water as a worthy organization.

After careful brainstorming…we came up with “Well Week” that would be focused entirely on raising money to fund the building of a well in India.  The week before “Well Week” we started The Water Challenge.  We showed the video of The Water Project to let people see how they could come up with money by drinking water.

Burns HS FFA Chapter

Burns HS FFA Chapter

The “Well Week” and The Water Challenge went better than expected.  We had over 200 people sign-up…we raised a total of $2,848.38!!

The opportunity to help others puts a joy in your heart like nothing else can.  Our whole school was able to be a part of something that will forever change people’s lives…We look forward to seeing the project completed.

– Casey

You can read Casey’s entire letter here.

Gilbert M.S. FCCLA – Dodgin’ for Water

The team at Gilbert Middle School really brought a smile to our faces with this very creative way to raise money.  Who knew a gym class favorite could do so much good?  Check out what Mrs. W. wrote…

Our middle school chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) heard about The Water Project from our high school chapter, and the middle school students wanted to earn money to provide clean water to the people of Africa.

We held a dodge ball tournament at the end of March called “Dodgin’ for Water” where all students who participated had to collect at least ten dollars as an entry fee. Almost 100 students participated. We were amazed when the evening produced $1,640.00 for The Water Project.

We’re amazed too!  And we can’t wait to show you pictures from the projects you will help build in a few months.  And hey…do you have any great pictures of someone taking a good hit for clean water?  Send ’em along.