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Houston, We Do Not Have a Problem- Clean Water Fundraiser

 

Kayla, Jack, me, and Jessica

Kayla, Jack, me, and Jessica

Thank you to everyone who attended the Houston Waves for Water Fundraiser to bring clean water to Ethiopia. It was a blast!

 

Kayla and Omar Dar of Baby’s Breastie and Fayye Foundation put the entire event together in six short weeks. Because of their dedication to the clean water project in Ethiopia, we were able to bring people of all walks of life together to raise $7000, which in turn will bring 7000 people clean water.

 

We called this event a “mash-up” of breastfeeding activists and clean water activists.

 

Jessica and her husband from the Leaky B@@B attended with Sugar Baby. Two breastfeeding babies were in attendance and breastfed openly. Kayla’s 15-year-old nephew created three original breastfeeding illustrations to be auctioned off at the event. One of the drawings was purchased by our friend Lola, who was a regular on our facebook page, along with her daughter Jemmarie- both were in attendance on Saturday. Getting to know them over the past few months and then meeting them in person was very special and one of the highlights of the event. Jack pointed out to all of us that through that connection of advocacy for normalizing breastfeeding, we are not only working towards tolerance and acceptance, but have now supplied water to hundreds of people. It’s amazing to see how celebrating causes that are important to us can bring people together to do great things.

 

Thank you again to Kayla, Omar, and Kendall- you guys deserve a standing ovation.

 

Our next trip to Ethiopia will bring water to thousands, as well as focus on maternal mortality reduction and  the start of our water project towards fistula prevention with the clinics in Ethiopia.

To donate or learn more visit: www.wavesforwater.org/project/project-ethiopia

You Have Given a Miracle This Christmas- Clean Water

We had the Waves for Awassa Event in Los Angeles on World AIDS Day. (December 1)

After water filter Demo- Which one would you rather drink?

Jack, from Waves for Water, gave a water demonstration and showed videos of what can happen to a community when it’s given what every human needs access to- clean water.

When he was done speaking, a couple who attended (fellow adoptive parents, but that is all I will say so that they can remain anonymous) asked us when we were planning on going.

“March at the latest.” I replied.

Jack jumped in to say, “We will go tomorrow if we raise the funds. It is like saying, ‘Help, my house is on fire!’ and you have the resources to put it out. You wouldn’t wait around to help your neighbor in peril.”

His response was met with, “Then, if you raise $5000 we will match it.”

It was met with an outpouring of applause. The woman replied with, “Well, it needs to be done.”

This was the first time I had met this couple, they came as guests of two of our best friends. What I found so moving about their giving was that it came through as genuine. Their giving wasn’t about themselves or the recognition; it was about meeting a need. They knew it had to be done and they were doing it. Nothing more, nothing less. And by matching the donation, it gave incentive for others to give.

Which brings me to…. I have great news for everyone!

Stocking Market and the donations that have come in from Fayye Foundation plus the matched funds by the couple have given us the enough funds to allow Jack to travel alone to deliver filters to Ethiopia on Wednesday! 

That means you all have stepped up to deliver life-saving water within a week of announcing it! YOU did this!

We will also be going back for a larger water mission in March, but this will (as Jack says it) “put out the fire” for the area of Argisa, where people are losing their lives to dirty water.

More good news:

Everyone who donated to Stocking Market should receive their gift from Ethiopia (God willing) BEFORE Christmas. Jack will be going to collect each handmade item during his filter mission. If you want to participate click here.

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