We are so fortunate to have Esther Havens in India this week, capturing the impact of last year’s World Water Day campaign. 186 men and women are now enrolled in the mechanics training program, and have already begun to earn commission maintaining wells. Here is one of their stories made possible by your generosity. Thank you.
– The Adventure Project
Here I am back in India, the beloved country that I adore, with the smells of curry, burning incense and everything in between.
I was highly anticipating my trip. I had met with water mechanics two years ago, when The Adventure Project first launched their water campaign. It was a program that left me deeply impacted.
This time I was in the east, about three hours from Calcutta. Water for People, the local partner, has been hard at work training 186 new mechanics, and actively recruiting women to join their program. So far only five women have applied, the rest are men. It’s not surprising. In this conservative area, women’s rights are limited. But things are slowly changing.
READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE.
Last Saturday we announced the winner of our win a trip to Haiti. In case you missed it, here’s our big reveal!
Hey Friends, could use your help sharing and giving: http://theadventureproject.org/home/liveforadventure
We’ve got ten water mechanics still waiting for sponsorship in India. Our friends at People Water will MATCH water donations till the end of this year, to help us reach everyone.
Please help rally and double your donation! We only need 110 people to give $25 dollars each and we’ll help 10 mechanics learn how to maintain wells for 50,000 people in India. Incredible impact.
176 mechanics down - TEN more to go!! #giveten
We met Delva in one of the largest tent camps in Haiti. He had a new charcoal efficient stove and was making a breakfast of beans and rice for his two kids. The stove saves him 20% of this expenses that would normally go to buying charcoal. He can use that extra money for food.
You can sponsor a stove for a family in Haiti for $20. Visit here to donate, or buy a gift card and donate in someones honor (today’s the last day to order a card to arrive by XMAS). Each stove comes with a ID, so you know when it was built and where it went. Pretty much the best gift, ever (if we do say so ourselves)…
Need a gift idea? Get a holiday gift card and help a family in Haiti buy a new stove! Each stove comes with a stove ID number, so you’ll find out when it was sold and where it went. Our elves will even hand write a personal note for you.
Check them out here: http://theadventureproject.org/home/3-donate#giftcards
How did you do it?
“I would love to take credit for it, but really it is just using the amazing tools that the Adventure Project Team creates for these campaigns. I am so busy during the day, and the ability to cut and paste a link, or to use succinct language to explain how what we are doing is going to tangibly change the lives of real people. That’s the kind of messaging that reaches me personally, so it’s great to have that at our fingertips! Most of my friends who contributed towards the campaign appreciated being able to do it so easily, and it keeps them coming back!”
What was your favorite part of the process? Or what surprised you most?
“Wow, as crazy as it sounds, one of my favorite parts is hitting refresh on the computer when we’re on a deadline to raise a specific amount. It’s almost addicting watching the numbers creep up and up as donations come trickling in, and knowing that every $550 means thousands of REAL lives are going to be changed. It’s hard to put that feeling into words, but I do know that it has kept me up past my bedtime more than once!”
Why did you invest your time, talent and resources for the campaign? What stirred your heart about it?
“Because I am tired of the widely held assumption that the world’s poorest people just want handouts. It is a privilege to partner with an organization like The Adventure Project that gets it. They get that basic tenet of ‘teach a man (or woman!!) to fish’ and they encourage the rest of us to get on board too. I think most people that have grown up in Western privilege think that so many of the problems in the world are too big to solve, but campaigns like this, and like the stove campaign before it, show that is not the case. It helps individuals who want to help but don’t know how to empower individuals who would like that little start-up push and don’t know where to get it. Dignity and empowerment are the name of the game, and it is so much FUN to play!!!”
To learn more about the campaigns and initiatives that are inspiring Tammi, visit The Adventure Project.
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