$15,140 Raised
100% of $5,000
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 445 people will receive water thanks to...
LinkedIn Employee Matching Gift$140.25
Russo Family$500.00
Offline Donations$8640.00
Emme RODBELL$257.55
Nola Davis $50.00
Robert Siracusano$250.00
Natalie Miranda and Craig Kramer$140.25
Lou Siracusano$100.00
Rory & Molly $36.00
Margaret King$39.00
Gail and Carl Hyman$100.00
Colin Sutton$100.00
Lee Lipton $257.55
Julie Scher$140.25
The Katzers $250.00
Michael Solomon$103.20
Jason Friedman$200.00
Delon Nelson$136.00
Michael Farkas$111.44
Camella Ehlke$68.00
Susan Sadecki$103.20
Alice Maggin$103.20
John McCormick Jr$136.00
Linda D Rosenheim$68.00
Sara Pierce$35.29
Anthony Saccavino$103.20
Sarah Williams$34.00
Carl Wisotsky$36.00
Joe Sprung$514.80
Islande Maitre$140.25
Aaron Smyle$136.00
W. John Thompson$108.00
Joyce Hartsfield$10.00
Roberta LePatner$36.00
Jacqueline Valentin$51.75
Monique Walker$25.00
Jeffrey Kimmel$136.00
Anthony Martine$100.00
Charles-Eric Gordon$18.00
Michael Talve$136.00
Anthony Brown$50.00
Madlyn Solivan$103.20
Lerner, Arnold & Winston, LLP$500.00
Cody Rourke$100.00
Donna Coyne$100.00
Connie & Guy Smiley$500.00

Hello, my name is Elle Smiley. This year, I will be becoming a Bat Mitzvah. For my Mitzvah Project, I have decided to partner with the The Water Project to help bring clean, fresh water to the Jamulongoji Primary School in Western Kenya. Every day, 480 pupils show up to school carrying jerrycans of various sizes. The children are then sent off on a trek to the nearest spring to fill their cans with water. "These trips are tiresome and time-consuming, and they waste most of the morning remedial learning and sometimes the first lesson. Later, the pupils are also required to bring water back to school after lunch. This is the only way the entire student body plus the 18 teachers and staff get water for all of their drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs." - Joan Were, Field Officer at the Jamulongoji Primary School. These trips can also cause various injuries, especially during the rainy seasons of the year. "As the Deputy Head Master, my mandate is to deal with cases concerning students. I never get a break in my office because the pupils often come to complain about how someone injured them or broke their jerrycan as they were scrambling for water at the spring." - Teacher Andrew Lung’aho.

My goal, along with my family's, is to help end these tiresome, painful hikes. Our goal is to raise enough money to build a rainwater catchment that can be put in place at the school to help provide clean, safe water for bathing, drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Here is some information about a rainwater catchment: "Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful." - Unknown. I hope you will help us to provide clean water for these schoolchildren by donating to our cause. No donation is too small, and any amount helps. Our goal is $5,000. All donations are much appreciated. Thank you for your help!

Emme Rodbell
Donated $257.55 on 10/21/20
Elle .. your choice in making this your charitable project is admirable and praiseworthy. This choice is commendable and it warms my heart. Love you
Robert Siracusano
Donated $250.00 on 10/13/20
Its easy to make a buck, its hard to make a difference! So amazed by the incredible young lady young lady you've become! kKeep making a difference!
Natalie Miranda And Craig Kramer
Donated $140.25 on 10/09/20
Congrats Elle. What a great Mitzvah Project! Happy to support.
Lou Siracusano
Donated $100.00 on 10/05/20
Proud of all your efforts!
Rory & Molly
Donated $36.00 on 10/03/20
We are so proud of you and are happy to support your Mitzvah Project!
Margaret King
Donated $39.00 on 10/03/20
Congratulations Elle, you were really wonderful! Love Veronica :)
Gail And Carl Hyman
Donated $100.00 on 10/03/20
Congratulations, Elle. What a wonderful way to use your special bat mitzvah for such a special cause.
Colin Sutton
Donated $100.00 on 10/02/20
Elle- Congratulations and thank you for bringing attention to this important cause. Love the Suttons
Lee Lipton
Donated $257.55 on 10/01/20
You are doing a wonderful thing. Best of Luck.
Julie Scher
Donated $140.25 on 10/01/20
Mazel Tov Elle! Love, Julie and Lindsey
The Katzers
Donated $250.00 on 10/01/20
We love you, Elle! The Katzers
Michael Solomon
Donated $103.20 on 09/30/20
Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah Elle! - Michael and Sari
Jason Friedman
Donated $200.00 on 09/30/20
Congratulations Elle, you are doing an incredible mitzvah with this fundraising effort. We are so proud of you. Love, Jason, Alyssa & Allegra
Donated $50.00 on 09/30/20
I love you so much Elle and so proud of you!!!
Michael Farkas
Donated $111.44 on 09/27/20
We're so proud of Elle! This is a wonderful cause. Great job!
Susan Sadecki
Donated $103.20 on 09/27/20
What a wonderful way to honor your milestone! With love & hugs, Susan, Ron & Jenna
Alice Maggin
Donated $103.20 on 09/26/20
Mazel Tov!
Sara Pierce
Donated $35.29 on 09/25/20
You're in my prayers.
Anthony Saccavino
Donated $103.20 on 09/25/20
A great cause, thank you.
Sarah Williams
Donated $34.00 on 09/24/20
Wonderful campaign - thank you.
Carl Wisotsky
Donated $36.00 on 09/24/20
Mazal Tov on achieving this great milestone.Yasher Koach on undertaking this important & needed Mitzvah LShana Tovah Fondly Connie Rubin & Carl Wisot
Joe Sprung
Donated $514.80 on 09/24/20
Mazal tov...love Joe and Diane
Islande Maitre
Donated $140.25 on 09/24/20
Elle, I'm very proud of the you are doing.
Aaron Smyle
Donated $136.00 on 09/24/20
W. John Thompson
Donated $108.00 on 09/24/20
Mazel tov and my compliments on selecting a worth cause!
Roberta Lepatner
Donated $36.00 on 09/24/20
Mazes Tov! Such a worthwhile cause
Jacqueline Valentin
Donated $51.75 on 09/24/20
Great Work!
Monique Walker
Donated $25.00 on 09/24/20
Monique Walker
Jeffrey Kimmel
Donated $136.00 on 09/24/20
mazel tov - great charity
Anthony Martine
Donated $100.00 on 09/24/20
Wonderful cause, Elle. I see that you have the same generous spirit as that of your parents.
Charles-eric Gordon
Donated $18.00 on 09/24/20
Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah, Elle. L'shana Tova
Michael Talve
Donated $136.00 on 09/24/20
Congratulations, Elle! Wishing you a happy and healthy celebration! - The Talve Family
Lerner, Arnold & Winston, Llp
Donated $500.00 on 09/24/20
Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah and your Mitzvah Project
Donna Coyne
Donated $100.00 on 09/23/20
We are so proud of you! Love you more! Aunt Donna and Uncle John
Connie & Guy Smiley
Donated $500.00 on 09/20/20
Dearest Elle, We are very proud of what youre doing. We are honored to be the first to make a contribution to this cause. Love grandma and grandpa

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