Saturday, May 14, 2011

Run for Wells

“ If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13

I am very excited about an upcoming race that I will be running in. On Saturday, May 28, I will be running 5 km in Kilbride in the Run for Wells race http://www.runforwells.com/ (through Hope International Development Agency). All donations and 100% of net proceeds will go to HOPE International. Funds will be used to bring clean water to the people of Ethiopia.

Please click on this link to go to my personal donation page if you would like to join my in my efforts to support Hope International and the people of Ethiopia.
(OR, you could sign up and run the race as well)!!!!

It takes just $35 to provide one person in Southern Ethiopia with clean water for life! You can make a difference through the 2011 Run For Wells!

Here are some pictures that we took (of woman and girls collecting water) while we were in Ethiopia bringing home our precious baby girl.

In most developing countries in Africa, it is usually the girl’s or the mother’s job to collect water for her family. A typical woman in Africa has to walk 6 hours every day to collect water for her family. This is about the amount of time you spend at school each day. The amount of water she can bring back (about 20 litres) is equal to the water that goes down the drain with 2 flushes of a toilet. The route the woman has to travel to get the water can be dangerous... There are wild animals and steep rocky hills to climb. Most of the time, she is barefoot.

For the majority of Africans, the main source of drinking water comes from streams, rivers, swamps, open shallow wells, and rain water collected from roofs. Often, this water is contaminated from the mud after a rain storm and from animals using the same water source.

When a well is built in a village, the well being of the villagers dramatically increases. People can have better sanitation and less disease. They also have clean water to be used for growing food to feed their family.

Please consider supporting Hope International and the people in Ethiopia.

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