Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

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.


Colorado Peace Jam Making an Impact

From left...Chloe, Joellen, New Era Volunteer, Sterno, Julie, and Becky.

From left...Chloe, Joellen, New Era Volunteer, Sterno, Julie, and Becky.

Julie, from the Colorado Peace Jam, wrote us last week and said…

Things are going well with our fundraising, we’ve made a little over $2,000, which will hopefully grow to $5K after our two fundraisers that are coming up.

Currently we’ve joined along with New Era, a group both focused around getting more people involved with our community, and teaching others about our impact on the world. We’re trying to inform others around our community of what exactly is in a 0ne-use water bottle, along with the importance of drinking water.

I attached a couple pictures of our group at work, It’s difficult getting pictures of us working, people want to stop what they’re doing and smile! Which is wonderful, but its important to show that we’re working. 😛

Thank you so much.


Brennen Elementary’s Field Day

Janet S., Brennen Elementary’s Phys. Ed. teacher wrote us on Friday and said…

We concluded the water project today at our annual Field day!  It went over great!!  Many of the children and their families participated.

Our field day theme was “Around the World”…and we integrated The Water Project into it.  The whole school even agreed to forgo popsicles at field day and have the PTO send the money instead to the project!!  Without the PTO adding in what ever they are going to do….we have a little over $1,500.00.

Thanks for your help.  We had parents thanking us for doing this.  It really was cool!!  The kids want an African well….or 2 🙂 …is that possible?

It will mean so much to them to see the well and to know who they have helped.

Is it ever possible to correspond with the children?

The answers to Janet’s questions are YES!

The Water Project will use 100% of these donations to build a well in Kenya, Africa at a school.  We also encourage students to write letters or draw pictures that we’ll send over in August when our project partner travels to visit some of these schools!

And…when the well is complete, we’ll be posting pictures and GPS coordinates right here, so everyone at Brennen Elementary can see the good they have done!

Great Job!!


Osika Community Well

Woman uses the new community well

Woman uses the new community well

Osika Community (Roadside Well):

Area Population – 1,200 (corrected)
Well Depth – 80 ft

“Help Dig Wells” and “Change Christmas” Campaign

  • Gift Date Between October 28, 2008 – December 25, 2008