Friday, June 10, 2011


How long would it be ok for your family to go without fresh water? Think about that. How long would you estimate that you'd be OK to live without a fresh water source?

How long would it be ok for your family to depend on jugs of water to bathe, drink, cook with, wash your hands, clean dishes and wash clothes.....and not in a "we're on a fun family camping trip way" (does that actually exist?--I'm not much of a camper :-)....but in a "we don't have any other option way?

How long would you wait before you reached out for help if you suddenly didn't have a clean source of water?

How long would you allow your kids to drink water that you knew could be contaminated?

I'm thinking that we wouldn't stand for it for very long at all.

In fact, I'm sure we'd seek help immediately.

We are so fortunate to live in a place where CLEAN FRESH WATER is EASILY and READILY available.

For so many-nearly 40% of the world's population-clean water is not an option.

While we were at Trees of Glory, we happened to be there when the water donkey came to deliver the water for the day. Of course I'd seen pictures of the water donkey on Karen's blog, but seeing it in person really hit home.

The kids at TOG depend on a donkey to deliver containers of water each day, or they would simply not have any water. No water to drink, no water to wash hands with, no water to cook with, NO WATER.

It is hard to imagine a life without running water. I venture to say that we wouldn't stand for it.

So why then should the staff and children at Trees of Glory have to go on hauling water for their basic daily care needs?

When I was there, the staff mentioned the need for water many times. IT IS THEIR GREATEST NEED.

They hope to be able to more easily care for the 100 children that are currently being served there and to be able to have water for their cows and crops. The bigger picture though is that they ultimately hope to double or even triple the number of kids that can be served at TOG once they are finally able to have a readily available source of clean fresh water.


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. Ecclesiastes 4:9

The project is a big one--$25,000 is needed to drill the well--TOG is located in a mountainous region, so the ground is rocky and the well must be dug deep in order to hit water. Plus, a generator is needed to pump the water up to the buildings and repairs must be made to the existing plumbing.

Like I mentioned above, once this project is complete an additional 100-200 kids can be served and ministered to! That's pretty significant and worth our time don't you think?

If we all join up to do our part, we can have this project funded in no time. There are three ways that you can help right now:

1) If you want to make a tax-deductible donation directly to the well project ...
Go to, click on GIVE.
Select DESIGNATED GIFT and enter your donation $ amount
For Reference Number, specify ET2119000
In the Notes area, specify WELL

2) Another sponsor-Kim-blogging at the "Change Me Crew" blog has a great give away going to benefit the well fund. (JUST THINK, IF JUST 50 OF THE SPONSORS WHO HAVE KIDS AT TOG RAISED $500 EACH, THIS PROJECT WOULD BE FULLY FUNDED--LET'S HELP MEET THAT GOAL FOR KIM).

3) My friend Heather who has been given a great vision to help those in need has launched her One Purse organization to support those in need. She is currently donating all proceeds from her One Purse parties to the TOG well project and also has a great Coach bag up for auction now through this Sunday June 12th. Check out her blog here and click here to go right to the auction. You can also read more about the first One Purse party another friend/sponsor's blog who was in attendance. The party raised over $500! Email Heather at with question.

This is the purse up for auction.

So lots of ways to help--pick one and let's STAND together in the gap for these precious kids who desperately need clean water.

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