This campaign closed on Sep 8, 2010 Mike Endale brought clean water to Mai Beles 3 Community and 1 other project.

Mike's 29th Birthday

Mike Endale

Mike's 29th Birthday

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This campaign brought clean water to Mai Beles 3 Community, Ethiopia and 1 other project.

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This campaign closed on Sep 8, 2010 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

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Top donors listed by:
Zekarias Yohannes$100
Anonymous$50
Ruth A$29
Henok Mikre$29
Absro Solomon$29

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.

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 Beles 3 Community, Ethiopia and 1 other project.

I will be 29 on June 19th. Officially a geezer. Older than dirt? Not yet.

I am not much of birthday-celebrating-type guy, but this year, I would like my birthday mean something different. I'm donating my birthday to charity:water -- an organization dedicated to giving people access to clean water. They have had a tremendous success over the last three years and have drilled 1017 water wells in Ethiopia alone giving 455,711 people access to clean water.

But, instead of citing more statistics or show you charts about how dire the situation is, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about my dad and his water well drilling rig.

Here is the setup: rewind 14 years. We were in Ethiopia and I was only 15.

One evening, my dad came home rushing to sit on the family dinner table. Much to my mom's chagrin, this was a normal occurrence in our household. It usually meant, he has something in his mind and he wants to sketch out while it's still fresh in his mind. Drafts man by training, he tends to explain things in straight lines and circles than words.

But that night, it was one of those 'aha' evenings. After bowing his head over things he was sketching on pieces of paper for hours, he rose and resolutely said I will build a water well drilling rig. Driving to another meeting earlier that day, he has seen a water well drilling machine somewhere on the road for the first time and the sight had inspired his wonder.

As he did many times before, when there was a shortage of soap or food in Ethiopia, he saw himself as the guy who would build machines to solve these problems. He was the first person to build a dough mixer, soap machine, satellite dish, etc.. in Ethiopia. You see, for his technical mind, building a water well drilling rig was the next logical step. He said to himself, Ethiopia needs clean water. He was the guy who will build the machine in Ethiopia that can bring clean water from beneath the ground by communities for whom water or the scarcity of water meant life or death.

He had to see the rig in reality, tonight. As many in his generation, he is an impatient and relentless man earning his nick name from his friends "endeT ad'ro" loosely translated as "I want it yesterday".

So, off he went. Over the next four years, he sketched, built, cut, demolished, consulted, went abroad, erected, tore it back, got pissed, got happy, grew older, depleted his resources, almost gave up, went abroad again and again and again...

...and then, on a faithful afternoon in 1999, his rig successfully drilled 40 meters and the clean water came gushing out of the earth into in the air. I have never seen my dad that happy!

He finally figured out an elegant solution. His proved himself yet again that his dream of giving access to clean water to those in need was technically solvable.

Now, as my dad tried to do then, charity:water is tackling the same problem at a larger scale.

So, my friends, as I turn another year in my life and grow some more grey hair, I ask you one thing: Would you to be kind enough to join me in reliving this memory by donating $29 to my campaign at charity:water?

It will mean clean water to those families who are in desperate need.

And, it will mean the world to me.

Because, water is life.

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Updates and Comments

  • A
    Anonymous donated $50 - almost 9 years ago

    What a great cause, good luck to you and your father.

  • R
    Ruth Amanuel donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    You are a youngin!! Happy Birthday.. this is a great concept for giving and I love the charity!

  • R
    Ruth A donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy bday!! Great idea for a brilliant cause. Good luck!! x

  • D
    Daniel Hailemariam donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday Mikeye!

  • M
    Muktar Mohammed donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • A
    Anonymous donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday.

  • Z
    Zekarias Yohannes donated $100 - almost 9 years ago

    Isabella Hiyab Yohannes $29 Elsa Solomon $29 We are proud of you and the note you wrote is a wonderful tribute to your hard working genius dad. Zekarias

  • A
    Anonymous donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Gladly Miki!

  • A
    Anonymous donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday Bud :)

  • Scott Harrison
    scott harrison donated $29 - almost 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday! - Scott

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.

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