This campaign closed on Apr 29, 2011 Lori & Eric Stark brought clean water to Mai Zaerowoi Community.

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As most of you know, Eric and I traveled to Ethiopia in November and in January for our adoption of Markos. The poverty and the need that we saw broke our hearts. We saw children caring for children. We saw children, mothers, elderly, and the disabled begging for their existence. When we traveled around the countryside, everywhere we looked there were yellow water bottles. We saw children scooping water from dirty puddles on the street. We watched people filling their water bottles in filthy streams in which cattle stood only a few feet upstream. As we drove, we saw river bed after river bed completely dry. We could tell where the closest source of water was by which direction the people were walking with their yellow water bottles. Children carried them on their backs. They were strapped to donkeys. They were piled on make-shift wagons. Everyone searching for water. Any water. Rarely, was it clean. If there was a well, people were lined up or surrounding it to get water for another day. We were told that most walked for about 6 miles to get water. Every. Day. Water means life. Water gives hope. This year, Eric and I are giving up our birthdays and instead are asking everyone to help us fund the drilling of a well in a developing nation. We have water in abundance, waste it shamelessly, and take it for granted. $20 provides one person with fresh, clean water for 20 years! Please give water. Give life. Give hope.

please note: Because of charity: water's unique model, 100% of all donations go directly to direct water projects costs, and each donation is "proved" and tracked to the village it helped when projects are complete.

This campaign brought clean water to Mai Zaerowoi Community, Ethiopia.

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Anonymous$2,000
Paula Horn$500
Lori & Eric Stark$250
Patricia Livengood$250
Lucinda Edwards$175

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

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Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.

This campaign brought clean water to Mai Zaerowoi Community, Ethiopia.

As most of you know, Eric and I traveled to Ethiopia in November and in January for our adoption of Markos. The poverty and the need that we saw broke our hearts. We saw children caring for children. We saw children, mothers, elderly, and the disabled begging for their existence. When we traveled around the countryside, everywhere we looked there were yellow water bottles. We saw children scooping water from dirty puddles on the street. We watched people filling their water bottles in filthy streams in which cattle stood only a few feet upstream. As we drove, we saw river bed after river bed completely dry. We could tell where the closest source of water was by which direction the people were walking with their yellow water bottles. Children carried them on their backs. They were strapped to donkeys. They were piled on make-shift wagons. Everyone searching for water. Any water. Rarely, was it clean. If there was a well, people were lined up or surrounding it to get water for another day. We were told that most walked for about 6 miles to get water. Every. Day. Water means life. Water gives hope. This year, Eric and I are giving up our birthdays and instead are asking everyone to help us fund the drilling of a well in a developing nation. We have water in abundance, waste it shamelessly, and take it for granted. $20 provides one person with fresh, clean water for 20 years! Please give water. Give life. Give hope.

please note: Because of charity: water's unique model, 100% of all donations go directly to direct water projects costs, and each donation is "proved" and tracked to the village it helped when projects are complete.

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Updates and Comments

  • Lucinda Edwards donated $175 - about 6 years ago

    The students in my SS classes were so moved by Jara's story about Markos that they wanted to help, too! This donation is from all the students with love and hope!

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    Paul Downey donated $40 - about 6 years ago

    Thanks for letting us help.

  • Lori & Eric Stark
    Lori & Eric Stark donated $48.50 - about 6 years ago

    Profit made from Mom 2 Mom Sale

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    Gail Schwartz Heppner donated $25 - about 6 years ago

    In honor of colleague, Stephanie James & family as they celebrate the adoption of two youn boys from Africa (EES- Sunshine Committee)

  • Lori & Eric Stark
    Lori & Eric Stark donated $50 - about 6 years ago

    Donation from Joyce Smith

  • Jo Ann Moulden donated $123 - about 6 years ago

    I have enjoyed viewing your journey.....job well done!

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    Susan Habbick donated $140 - about 6 years ago

    Happy 40th, Lori and Adoption Blessings!

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    Derek Eisentrout donated $40 - about 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your new bundle of joy and HAPPY 40th!

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    Barbara Butler donated $40 - about 6 years ago

    Can't think of anything better to do with my money. God bless you.

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    Louise Broome donated $10 - about 6 years ago

    Sent on behalf of Patricia Livengood

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

100 percent

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.