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PSNC Energy supports water restoration work in Haiti

PSNC President and COO Rusty Harris presents $50,000 donation to Peter Chasse of The Water Project, Inc.

GASTONIA, N.C., (May 3, 2010) – In response to the earthquake damage in Haiti, PSNC Energy has donated $50,000 to The Water Project, Inc. in support of the non-profit’s efforts to coordinate repair of water wells in Haiti.

PSNC Energy President and COO Rusty Harris presented the $50,000 check to Peter Chasse, The Water Project’s president and founder, on April 28 at the company’s monthly business review meeting.

“We’re so thankful to have neighbors as generous as PSNC Energy,” said Chasse. “Their commitment to help us restore water wells in Haiti will do a great good.  This single donation will enable our partners to repair as many as 20 wells, restoring clean, safe drinking water to tens of thousands of Haitians.”


Congregation Kol Ami helps build a well.

We love getting notes and pictures from schools and groups raising money for The Water Project. After all,  this is a shared story – from raising funds to building wells to seeing the outcome. Together, your community, ours and the one’s we serve are working together to make a real difference.  So…don’t forget to send your stories too!

3rd Graders at Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas raised $130.88 from Tzdekah at Sunday School.

Tzdekah is a Jewish term.  It is a collection of money that is donated to a good cause.  Our 3rd graders had a choice of about five different places to contribute to at the beginning of the school year.  They voted for The Water Project.

— Maryanne Katz

Brennen Elementary Gives Up (and then Gives Away)

We just got this great note from Brennen Elementary School who jumped in with both feet again this year to help build a well in Kenya.  We’re so thankful for committed teams like Brennen.  Without them, we couldn’t do any of this.  Their students gave up snacks, lunch money, allowance, even a tooth, so they could give it away and help give clean, safe water.

Here’s what Janet and Susan wrote about their most recent “Water Challenge”:

We had a great time.  We held our Water Project in conjunction with Earth Day this year.  We were one of the stations that the children rotated to.  Usually the PTO buys Popsicles for all the children at Earth day, but again this year the children  all AGREED to forgo the small treat and have tap water. At our station they had water and put the money their class had collected into the “well” that we made.  The PTO then graciously agreed to write the check instead to the Water Project.  They gave us $200.00.  In that way EVERY child at the school participated in giving up something for the well.

We also put a “bank” one of the children made at the lunch counter.  Two days a week the children are allowed to buy cookies or ice cream in addition to their lunch.  Many of them chose to put their money in the box and forgo the treat.  Others, put the change they received.  We had one child who on the last day was excited to put in his “tooth fairy money”.  I asked him if he had pulled the tooth so he could get the money.  He said. “no, my friend had kicked it out while we were wrestling!”  🙂  We had several groups of friends make lemonade stands and water stands in their neighborhoods.  This was their idea.  I’ve attached a pic of 2 first  graders that one of the parents sent.  Several families were very supportive and all gave up everything except tap water for the duration of the project.  We had several children empty their piggy banks.  They loved our Water Project T-shirts.  Susan (other sponsoring teacher) and I wore them every day!!  We told them  we were saving water on laundry!!  🙂  We have one child who is  saving his allowance for several weeks so he can get one!

Incredibly, the featured article in the 5th grade “Weekly Reader” for Fri. Apr. 23 (day we collected the money) was “Water Woes” and stated many of the same facts that I shared with the children to explain the project. It had several pics of children carrying water….and explained the magnitude of the problem.  We used it to reinforce what we had told the children.

I’m sure you hear these kinds of “stories” every day but we wanted you to know that you are not only helping children without clean water, you are also helping to educate the minds and hearts of our children who are blessed with much.

Thank you for the bracelets. The children like them a lot.  You are wonderful to work with.  Hopefully, we’ll be allowed to do this next year too!!

The children are looking forward to SEEING where they help to build a well!!  Me  too!!

– Jan Scott and Susan Jordan

Grace Academy students reach out to Africa

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Grade 2 children at Grace Christian Academy learned the lesson of compassion and world service recently with a project they undertook to aid African children.

“After researching using our school’s new Smart board,” said Lauren Sommerville , Grade 2 teacher, “we found a charity called ‘The Water Project’ ( This charity provides schools and other organizations with fundraiser packs to raise money to help provide safe, clean water to African children.” The students drank only water for two weeks, giving up all sodas and other beverages, in order to donate the proceeds of the money they saved to help build a water well in Africa.

The students were compelled to reach out to other children after studying Africa in class, particularly those countries where many of the children do not have clean water to drink, such as Chad, Kenya and Nigeria. The Grade 2 class raised a grand total of US$156.74.

“It is such a great achievement,” said Ms Sommerville, “for our class to have raised money for The Water Project.”