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Carrying Another’s Burden

Photo Courtesy: Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette

How do you teach little children about the water crisis?  Our new friends at the Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center had a fantastic idea…  Why not have the children experience what it might be like to gather their own water every day?

So, for the past couple of weeks, that’s exactly what they did.  Each morning students had the opportunity to struggle with a gallon of water, hauled in from a tap outside their classroom.  It’s a lesson they won’t soon forget.

Children, not much older then themselves, carry out this same chore day after day in countries like Uganda and Sierra Leone.  Of course, there is no tap outside their classroom.  Instead the trek is often miles, and the water they eventually fetch is rarely clean or safe.

This little guy couldn't quite manage to carry a whole gallon, but he was determined to take part!

The students at Bunche spent a month learning about these truths while they raised funds to help build a water project.  Each of them got personally involved and quite literally carried the burdens of another.  In doing so they learned just how much their help truly matters.

Now, thanks to these students, life will soon be changing for students just like them at one school in Sierra Leone.  The money they have raised will be used to repair a broken down well.  Hundreds of students will then have access to clean, safe water right outside their classroom, just like the students at Bunche.

We’re so proud of their hard work!  And we can’t wait to show everyone who participated the actual well they helped fund.

You can follow their project at http://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/marilyn-horan


Gaming for Water

Can video games change lives? The twelve teens who took part in a recent “Game-a-thon” to raise money for The Water Project sure think so.

On November 19-20, 2010, the group from the DC area played video games nonstop for 12 hours to raise money for our Wells for India program.

The teens collected donations and “per hour of play” pledges leading up to the event. At the end of the night, they had raised $1700 toward a new water project. Organizer Shannyn (mom of one of the participants) described the night, “We had a leader board on the wall and a fundraiser ‘thermometer’” on the wall tracking the donations. When we hit our ‘goal,’ the kids were shouting and screaming and cheering. It was really awesome.”

Thanks to these teens, a thirsty community will soon be enjoying clean, safe water!

You can see what they accomplished here: http://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/shannyn-snyder


Three School Well Repairs Completed

Three wells were recently repaired at schools near Kakamega, Kenya.  These projects, originally completed about two years ago, had fallen into disrepair due to sub-standard pumps being installed.

These projects are a great example of when our team didn’t get it right the first time.  So…we’ve gone back with them, found the problems, fixed the pumps, and made substantial changes in how our partner works to ensure we don’t get it wrong again.

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We’re committed to following-up and evaluating the work we do.  Our partners help in this process as well.  When we find problems, we’re going to publish them right along with our successes.  Then, we’ll do our best to make it right.  We say it all the time, if this work were easy, it’d be done.

When you choose to support The Water Project, your gifts help ensure the promised long-term benefits of water are truly sustainable.  If we don’t go back and check…and check again, we would never know what works and what doesn’t.

Be a part of this effort with us and let’s make a truly lasting impact!


Butere Girls High School Well Completed

The water project at the Butere Girls High School in Kakamega, Kenya has been completed. It will serve over 1,200 students and 120 staff members.

Our implementing partner wrote of the dedication ceremony… (edited for clarity)

“The handing over ceremony at Butere Girls school was very colorful as you can see from the photos. We did the handing over while Board of Governors had a meeting in school.

The Anglican priest read from the book of Exodus 1:13 about the importance of water to human life.

The Head-mistress thanked Bridge Water Project for the water supply in the school. She was very grateful that now the students will be clean and they will concentrate on studies and she expects that the results will improve. She said that she expects the relationship between Bridge and the school to continue.

One student also thanked us for the water and promised that their standards (grades) will improve since they now have water available at their school. They will try hard in their studies to excel.

The District Officer of Butere thanked Bridge Water that the water given to the school is a gift of life to the students and the entire school fraternity and the community. He encouraged the students that hard work and discipline in their education is an investment in their future. The entire community of Butere were very thankful to the donors of The Water Project for what wonderful work they are doing to save the lives of millions of people by providing safe drinking water.”