So, I got this idea after making my recent fundraiser post....we are running out of days to reach our goal...approx. 12 days left....I recently made a number of healing salves to sell to raise money for the Fundraiser. I tried selling them at a flea market...it wasn't the right crowd...so I have a number of healing salves left over: Healing Hand Salve, Vapor Rub, Baby Rub. I made the salves with all natural ingredients: -Healing Hand Salve- is made with, Coconut oil, Organic extra virgin olive oil, Essetial oils of, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Organic beeswax, Sweet almond oil with vitamin E. Sounds good doesn't it?! Our friend Ryan found it healed his excema...it is good for healing cuts & scrapes, relieving itchy bites, restoring dry skin....ect.
Then there's -Vapor Rub-, great for this time of year for children over 6 years old & adults. Rub on chest to ease breathing, or dry sore nose. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Organic extra virgin olive oil, Organic beeswax, Essential oils of, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet almond oil with vitamin E.
For those of you that have babies, or know someone who does, or maybe you just have sensitive skin this may be great for you; -Baby Rub- relieves diaper rash safe to use with cloth diapers and on babies sensitive skin. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Organic beeswax, Essential oils of, Lavender & Tea Tree, Sweet Almond Oil with vitamin E.
So, my motivating idea is this: While supplies last, everyone (that lives in the USA, sorry, this is due to shipping costs) that donates $25 will recieve a free healing salve!!!! Simply click on the link that will take you to our fundraising page donate.charitywater.org/tsipporah-valderrama/the-blessing-of-water
Leave an email address that we can contact you with in the comments and we will send you a private email asking for the address you'd like us to send your healing salve. Once we email you, you may specify if you have a prefence on the salve type you would like. If you prefer not to leave your email address in the comments (which are public) then you can email us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know your name and prefrence. We are asking for $25 dollars so that at least $20 can go right to the fundraising project; $5 will cover the shipping cost of the salve, of course if shipping cost is under $5 the remaining will go directly to fundraiser.
We are currently at $3,375 trying to meet the $5,000 goal in 12 days. That make us $1,625 short of our goal. Remember this money is funding necessary needs relating to clean safe drinking water...Charity: water will choose to put our donations to a well/wells, or possibly a latreen..which are both life saving...many death causing diseases are spread by unsanitary conditions. I hope my idea will motivate some of you. Let's do the math...if 81 people donate $20-25 dollars we should reach the goal!!!That's not too many people. So , please post this to facebook or send to family & friends, co-workers...etc. Can we together get 81 people to donate $20 within 12 days?...We'll see..... And remember to those who make $25 donation we will be sending out a Blessing of healing salve while supplies last!
Kenya projects Time really goes by fast! Thank you to all who have contributed to our Fundraiser with Charity: water. We have reach 67% of our $5,000 dollar goal, which is great for about 3 months time! So, now we have about 16 days to fulfill the goal. Any people out there able & willing to make that happen? Feel free to remind family & friends, copy & email our fundraiser link, share it at work....let's reach the goal!!! And if not, no worries....we will still make unforgettable, life changing impacts in people's life with what we have currently collected.
Here is the link:
Report from Marc Carrier:
"At the bottom of this steep incline is a spring. Women carry jerri cans balanced on their heads up this steep incline barefoot, even after rain when it is slick as can be. It is dangerous. Both springs are like this because they are located at the base of steep hills."----Thanks be to God and donations; Marc was able to put stairs in!
Thank you to all who have donated to our fundraiser! So far we've had about 6 donors & "The Blessing of Water Team" make donations that have added up to $3,000. That is over half of our goal! Which is great, but we only have two months to reach our goal of $5,000. So....we need more people to get involved...If so few people can reach over half the goal, then surely, if we could get 100 more people involved they'd only have to spare $20 each. If 200 more people got involved each person would only have to spend $10. If 400 people got involved they'd only need to spare $5 each & there's A LOT of people that can spare $5 with out it even really being a sacrifice.
So, this is how you can help make it happen....remember we are talking about saving people's lives by giving them safe water to drink....
If you click on our fundraiser link:
Once the page loads, you will notice a green bar on the left side of the page that says, "JOIN THE TEAM" it is actually a button that you can click on. When you click on the button a new page will open up that enables you to start a "sub-campaign" in other words, you can start your own little campaign & even give it a name & choose an amount you'd like to try to raise. They put $350.00 in there as an example ($350 helps 11 people get clean water) but you can choose whatever amount you'd like. You could even choose $50...choose a goal you think you can reach...(by Dec. 31st)....You know what kind of friends you have, and how many people in your life may want to help you reach your goal...If you have Children, joining our team is a great way to get them involved...children love being part of what's going on....you can let them set a goal & get creative on how they can draw awareness to the water crisis. They can set up lemonade stands, make flyers to educate people on the need, go door to door, sell their toys (let them learn the joy of sacrificing for others' NEEDS to be met), Have a yard sale...We actually know a family who recently did a yard sale & the children put out a number of their toys for sale. The children were so glad they decided to give up some toys, knowing that it would help children that desperately need safe water to drink.
Here (scroll down) is a free downloadable flyer for those of you who want to help promote the cause of this fundraiser = saving lives =through clean, safe drinking water.
Freely copy and distribute, bring flyers to your work place, or distribute flyers to neighbors, email to family & friends....help get the word out. Thanks!
While the fundraiser with the Charity:water is in effect we are still working hard and finding ways to support those in need. The Blessing of Water team has been doing construction all week...their earnings have enabled us to meet some needs in Africa. Here is a recent Facebook post from Marc Carrier:
"Greetings brethren. I have an urgent need. Our dear brother and evangelist Lazarus has a family emergency. His unsaved mother was arrested for brewing and jailed for six months. She deserved this as her activities were illegal, but it leaves nine children without provision. Lazarus does not have means to care for them. He asked me for a $200 loan which I know would be extremely hard for him to repay. I am seeking donations to give him a gift to help with this urgent need. Please consider helping at www.kingdomdriven.org/donate. God bless you."
The Blessing of Water team happily met that need this morning using funds recently earned. ....more news to come...come back & visit us again.
~The Blessing of Water Team
We are excited about our current Fundraiser with Charity:water. Charity:water is an organization started by Scott Harrison in 2006. Mr. Harrison realized he was living a selfish life and in a desire to redeem the time he signed up with an organization called Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships consists of Doctors who travel to give medical aid. Mr. Harrison took pictures documenting their work and was forever changed by the experience. The doctors were operating on people who had cantaloupe size tumors and other issues that were a result of unsafe water. Mr. Harrison decided no one should be without, or die from a lack of clean water. His inspiration prospered and inspired over a million people to get involved relieving those who's lives daily consists of suffering the effects of unsafe and or limited resources for water.
We have started a campaign through Charity:water and hope to raise $5,000 by December 31, 2016. You can help us reach our goal by clicking on the following link:
100% of your donation goes to the water project. Charity:water will update us with pictures & GPS locations so we know exactly where & who the fundraiser helped. We encourage all our readers to think of things they can deny themselves of to help contribute. For example: Coffee shop coffee's & such like unnecessary spending's, (those $2-$4 cups add up) Desserts, new clothes/shoes, home decor, ....If twenty people were willing to give up something they would have spent $5 on that would amount to $100. If 100 people gave up something that they would have spent $5 on that would be $500. So you see, even if you were to give $5 and encouraged friends & family to do the same, together we can reach this goal & help hundreds of people have what they NEED. You will be so happy to know your $5 made a huge difference in someones life rather than, something you drank in a brief amount of time that is quickly forgotten, or purchased & is lost in your closet.
TEAM WORK, MAKES THE DREAM WORK
On August 21 Marc Carrier sent us the following update:
"Greetings in the Name of out Lord and King. Water is clearing up slowly. Just washing the fines out. Challenge is low yield. Really nothing we can do about it. We have engineered it optimally for a hand dug well. Clay is hard to work with. We simply want to limit it for drinking water only. It is not worth doing something more expensive (drilling) since the lake provides non-potable water for other uses 100 feet away. Thanks for your investment into the lives of the people here. God bless you."
There were various challenges & discouragements in creating this well...but thankfully all the determination paid off & the labors were not in vain. Marc sent the following update on Aug. 29th:
"Well good news is the borehole cleared up nicely and is being used by the community. Though yield is lower than we had hoped, it is drinkable water and is blessing many. We will count our blessings and praise God for what we managed to achieve. Thanks again for your sponsoring this project. God bless you."
Marc Carrier who is a hydro-geologist from America currently living with his family ( Wife & 9 children ) in Uganda; has been overseeing the well project.
They have had some complications, which are to be expected with this kind of work...
The Following is from Marc's Facebook post:
"We took a break on the borehole but are now back to work. First it started caving in so we sought and purchased culverts"
"Victory! Two very heavy culverts installed and no deaths or serious injuries."
The Blessing of Water was able to fund the $300 needed to purchase & transfer the culverts.
....to be continued......
Already paid for by The Blessing of Water:
Pump for de-watering and well development $500
Already paid for by Marc Carrier:
Hand pump $500
Well screen $100
Marc Carrier is a hydro-geologist currently living with his family in East Africa. The children in the background are passersby looking at the borehole where the new well is to be completed. Marc posted on Facebook today, "I think they are early to get water! This is an extremely high traffic path where people fetch water directly from the lake. We are installing a borehole with a pump along the path so people can get fresh drinking water."
This is a picture looking down into the borehole. Marc posted on Facebook, "New borehole underway and they reached water! Now pray with me we can successfully advance another ten feet under the water table without cave-in."
Lord willing, we will post a picture of the well when competed.
The last construction project Pilgrim Way completed helped Marc Carrier to get what he was lacking to complete this well. If you live in the United States and need some kind of construction work done on your property, Pilgrim Way Construction should be able to meet your needs. Pilgrim Way consists of three workers who live off of less than $500 each month combined. This means that whatever is beyond this amount gets put to good use, such as providing clean water, needful medicines, food, etc. to those who need them. You can help support this ministry by hiring us to build your garage, complete your addition, put a new roof on your house, fix your plumbing problems, and much more. If you don't need any work done, but are interested in %100 of your money going to projects like this water well you may also make a donation.
The water many drink in East Africa is contaminated with e.coli, parasites, leeches, salmonella, and other harmful and deadly bacteria's. Imagine being a parent and giving your child this water to drink because you have no other option, and the child needs the water to survive. It is rather mind numbing to think of over 600,000,000 people drinking this water. After all, what can a poor guy or gal like me do to make a significant impact on such a large tragedy as that?
You may not be able to change the circumstances for the entire six hundred million, but you can help make a change in the life of one person. Every drop of rain makes up the large bodies of water that often make us feel so small when gazing upon them.
Marc Carrier said there are plenty of wells he could drill. He only needs resources. Someone asked Mother Teresa [paraphrased], "If God is kind and so loving then why doesn't He do anything to help those suffering from hunger and unclean water?" She replied, "God has given to us all of the resources needed to help them, we are only too selfish to share." When I thought about those words I knew they were true. We have more than we realize, maybe not as one person, but together. If 100 people donated $20 each this could provide another well approx. $2,200. I believe that many have a desire to share in causes such as this but what they have to offer seems too insignificant.
Between 2-3 different jobs in Oklahoma we have a lot of work lined up for next year, but until then we only have a few more for the year. We may have enough time to squeeze in a couple of small jobs before leaving for Africa in October. We understand that maintenance on homes and property can often cost people the money they wish they could donate. You could do both by hiring us and paying us what you would pay another company!
Thank you for your prayers and support,
The Blessing of Water Team.
We completed an over 400 foot storm drain system in the Osage Hills of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This work funded a well in Uganda. We will keep you updated as pictures and progress of the work are sent. This fall we have plans in Africa. Lord willing, we will leave in October for Uganda and go to Kenya from there.
Marc Carrier is a hydro-geologist currently living in East Africa with his family. He is an expert at water, soil, and rocks. He has done environmental investigations and remediation for many years as a field guy, and later became a project manager in the U.S. before moving with his family to Africa. He has drilled hundreds of wells. He will be heading up our Blessing of Water projects this fall.
David (Founder of The Blessing of Water) worked for Jeff Cook at L&M Plumbing Contractors from 2012-2013. Currently, David will be working at L&M plumbing for two weeks. Jeff is going to match David’s two weeks’ pay as a contribution for the water projects. Also, J.D. Harp from Classic Properties has agreed to partner in this mission.
Hopefully we can raise enough money for the spring and borehole projects in Kitale and Busia, Kenya. If enough money is raised we hope to also drill a well in Uganda, and possibly provide some sanitary needs and solar ovens.
Earlier this year brother Ryan, David and his wife Tsipporah, completed a 3,200 sq. ft. building and funded a well for a community in Kenya which serves the daily water needs of dozens of households.
For more information on the work we do to earn money for these projects visit http://pilgrimwayconstruction.blogspot.com/2016/03/custom-built-high-energy-efficient-shop.html
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to support this project click here: Donate
A little encouragement... It can be exciting to think of getting to help people in foreign countries who do not have the basic needs that are so available where many of us live. We often neglect or overlook that there are needs all around us personally. Or sometimes we just get so busy in our daily routine of life that we don't take time out to pull over and see why this man or woman is holding a sign asking for money, or why this person is sitting in a strange spot looking down & out. And sometimes we have fears about interacting with people in need in our own communities. We think, "Well there are plenty of shelters that should be able to help this person; they must be a criminal to be dumpster diving/holding signs/camped out along a freeway/hitchhiking...." Fear can be a good thing that keeps us from danger; but it can also be a bad thing that robs us of a blessing.
I'd like to encourage those reading this; the next time you see someone in your community looking down & out take some time out of your busy schedule to really discern if your fears are legitimate or if you need to press past them and be a joyful giver. Or maybe you don't have a fear hindering you, maybe it's just a time crunch? Well, if you're too crunched for time when you see someone that could possibly be helped by an act of Kindness then try setting aside a special time when you can go out into your community solely for the purpose of finding someone in need that can benefit from you taking time out of your life to give a helping hand.
David & I were recently driving going from one place to the next. We were at a stop light when we noticed a man sitting Indian style on the pavement next to a gas/liquor store. Wow, it is really hot out to be sitting on the pavement like that! It drew our attention. This guy must have a need. People don't just sit in the heat like that. We also noticed the man was missing an arm. I thought it must be hard for this guy to get by with one arm. Moved with compassion we pulled in to the parking lot where the man was sitting. David got out of the car and asked the man if he needed anything. The man simply said "Money". David went inside the store to use the ATM and handed the man what He (David) thought would be a help.The man's whole countenance changed. He was extremely grateful & gave David a huge hug. The man started to walk away in amazement & looking up he said, "Thank you God!" It was as if a long awaited prayer had been answered. As we started to drive away we pulled up to the man and asked if he needed a ride somewhere. He thought about it ( his countenance still full of joy) & declined; but he also told us he had been on pilgrimage ( I believe he said 6 months) and no one had helped him as we had. He was so thankful! It was such a blessing to see that man's spirit lifted & to know he now had opportunity to refresh himself from the hardship he had been in.
Don't be discouraged to think of how these people in our communities probably do drugs or bad things. Giving freely is worth it, no matter what those you choose give to do with your kindness. We want to help those in countries who do not have the basics readily available, but we do not want to neglect the one's we see in our communities that could benefit from someone having compassion.
"We are happy to announce the success of our first contribution that has enabled people the access to clean water in Kenya, Africa.
"The new pump is completed and now open for business. This borehole was installed along a very high traffic path. It should get a lot of use. In fact, 90% of the traffic on this path is people who used to walk another mile to get unsanitary water at the river. Now fresh clean water without walking another mile with a five gallon jug balanced on their head. What a blessing."
(Marc Carrier helped navigate the project in Kenya. http://kingdomdriven.org/water-and-fire-1 )