Green Christmas Giving: Part Two
Thought I would share with you the letter Rod wrote to his entire extended family about the well project in Africa. Still pretty incredible, wonderful & awesome that the inspiration came from a ninth grader.
“I have a Christmas gift idea for all of us.
Last week Jordan did an English class persuasive speech on the desperate need for clean water in the world’s developing nations. I wish you could have seen him practicing his speech in front of Jeannie and me. His passion was evident as he explained how lack of clean water accounts for more deaths than any other killer in the world. Millions of people, mostly women and children, spend so much time hauling water, there is precious little time left for education or making a decent living. Often that water is infected with intestinal worms, cholera, and other life-sucking diseases. My favorite line from his presentation was:
“5000 children will die today from unclean water. 5000 tomorrow. In fact, by the time I finish this presentation 10 kids will have died from diseased water.” (Mrs. Green’s comment: this young man is in 9th grade!”
In a real sense lack of clean water is drowning these people in a cycle of extreme poverty that continues endlessly from generation to generation. Until, that is, someone steps in to help break that cycle.
During Jordan’s presentation he held up a catalogue from World Concern. He showed the kids in his class how they could buy ducks, chickens, pigs or goats for a family caught in the grip of extreme poverty. Or even a well for an entire village in desperate need of clean water.
He even challenged his fellow classmates and their families to spend some of their Christmas money this year on someone else. Someone in desperate need.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate God’s grace this Christmas than to share some of that grace with someone who needs it badly. Can you?
So here’s the deal. A well for an entire village costs $3000. Jeannie and I will pitch in if you will. We’ll cover the first $1000. I want to ask each of you to do what you can to cover the other $2000.
I asked Mark to find a specific village where they need a well. Here’s what he sent me:
I’m attaching a picture of an existing “water point” that we’ll be turning into a well. As you can see, this is an example of access to water that is totally unfit for human consumption. Foot traffic in and out tracks in disease from whatever they’ve stepped in before going into this water hole, and it’s open to animals, etc. It’s almost guaranteed that people are getting parasites from drinking this; cholera would be possible, and other types of diseases. When this is completed, it will be a capped well with a pump. The village is Sinaro Village, Elefwein District, Sanaag Region.
As you can see this water hole is a disease-ridden dump. World Concern will turn our Christmas gift to these people into a clean well and pump that will serve them for years.
Mark is going to keep track of the funds. So, if you’re up for this challenge, send your gift to him before Christmas. At “Christmas in Dallas” he can give us more info on the project.
This just might be our best Christmas ever.
Rod and Jeannie”
FYI, the family has reached their goal.