July 30, 2007
Of Ice Water and Tents
"We are raising awareness of the water crises in Africa."
We said this phrase thousands of times over 11 hours at HyVee, a local grocery store while handing out flyers with information regarding the crises, also offering cups of ice cold water.
Our simple goal was to raise enough money to build a clean water well in Africa in cooperation with Blood: Water Mission. We staffed three water cooler tables, and then camped in the parking lot over night. Between those working, camping, and providing food, more than 40 people were involved in the project.
There were some interesting responses to our invitation...
"I don't drink water ever!"
"I'm more concerned about the water problem in Las Vegas."
"They can take care of themselves."
Our three standard responses:
"Every 15 seconds, a child dies from lack of access to clean water."
"Every flush of the toilet uses about the same amount of water as the average African uses on a daily basis."
"Where you live should not determine whether or not you live."
However, at the end of the day and through the generosity of new friends, dollar by dollar, we raised $1800. We now have enough to sponsor a well in Africa.
We are already dreaming of doing it again next year.