We want to start by saying how grateful we all are for your heart to help.
To buy water.
To change the future.
Last year was beautiful. Overwhelming. Humbling. Amazing.
We could not believe the outpouring of support for our little dream to build a well. The dream that was quickly expanded to yet another well.
This year we still have water on our hearts and minds.
We still want to do what we can to change lives half a world away.
Together we prayed, brainstormed, cried, stretched and came up with a new model for 2010.
Monday, December 13th will kick off Project 320 Giveaway week.
We are inviting anyone with a blog, be it one followed by millions or dozens, to host a giveaway.
Handmade, vintage, or store bought. Freedom and creativity is the only guideline. It could be one pretty thing, or a whole bundle of fabulous.
Each $10 donation to the Project 320 well will count for one entry in one giveaway.
Each blogger is then individually responsible for choosing a winner, verifying the donation, and shipping off the prize(s).
Just think, it would only take 50 blogs with 10 entries each to fund one well.
Little things= Big changes.
First thing Monday morning, a linky will be set up here for you to add in your giveaway post. Then use social media for good and spread the word.
Until then, think of what you would like to give away.
Post our button in your sidebar.
Write up a sneak peek post.
Be ready to help change the world.
In a couple weeks we will be sending your funds to Ethiopia.
The construction will start soon, and we are ordering plaques to adhere to each water project site. For your project, we currently have:
Sponsored by: “Project 320”.
If there’s an alternate name you’d like to appear on your plaque, please respond to this email with an alternate by Tuesday, April 13th, 2010.
Also, if you would like physical photos of your completed water project in 12-18 months, please provide your mailing address.
Thanks again and I look forward to following up with you in the coming months on our progress!
Best, Kelly -- Kelly Gannon Fundraising Support charity: water / charitywater.org 200 Varick Street, Suite 201 New York, NY 10014 office: 646.688.2323 ................... 3.5 years. 2,406 projects in 16 countries. 1,081,612 people served. Water changes everything.
Thank you and God Bless to EVERYONE who made this dream a reality for us. It's my hope you feel a little something in YOU was realized as well. Wont it be exciting to see those pictures 12-18 months from now?! We can't wait!!
The outpouring of support for Haiti that we have seen throughout the blogging community is astounding. Everywhere we turn, it seems, another fundraiser... another campaign for aid... more hope for Haiti.
But what about the hundreds of thousands of orphans amidst the chaos? This is something very close to our hearts. Julie and I have both talked about our friend, Kristen Howerton, on our own blogs over the past week. You see, Kristen was actually in Haiti last week during the earthquake, visiting her son, who her family has been in the process of adopting for years. Like so many others who were nearing the end of this agonizing process, the future is now even more uncertain, as the government buildings processing adoptions have been destroyed. Can you imagine the devastation Kristen felt when she was finally evacuated home... without her son? Heartache.
[Here is a video clip of Diane Sawyer on the orphans in crisis. You can even see her holding the Howertons' son, Kembert (the cutie in the blue shirt), during a visit to his orphanage- Heartline- just after Kristen returned to the US.]
What hope do the families like the Howertons have? There may be an option for getting these kids safely home under humanitarian parole.
The next mission of Project 320 is to desperately spread awareness about humanitarian parole. We are so thankful for YOU, part of our amazing team of supporters & prayer warriors. We can potentially make a huge impact here, and here is exactly how YOU can help- RIGHT NOW! All it will take is a bit of your time. We can all afford to give a few moments of our time. Please help us spread the word in any way you possible can! Thank you, friends.
We need to make some noise to get our congressman and senators working on this. Please use any contact you have with immigration, attorneys, press, or anyone who might have influence to get our story out there and put pressure on the state department to intervene. The points are outlined below, followed by the contact info for some of our government officials. If you know of others, feel free to pass this along.
The government buildings that were processing adoptions were demolished. Many government workers are feared dead. Orphans in Haiti are in grave danger, and yet have willing families in the US who can care for them. Children in orphanages are homeless. They are at risk of looting and robbery. Everyone in Haiti is at risk of food and water shortages and air-born disease due to the current situation. The local caregivers are focused on their own families, so the orphanage is short-staffed. Supplies are running low. The situation is desperate.
THE SOLUTION IS HUMANITARIAN PAROLE FOR ADOPTIVE CHILDREN. These children have willing families to care for them and can be brought to the US for care. While granting a humanitarian parole is outside the normal procedures, the United States government has granted them in the past (e.g. Cambodia and Romania). THIS IS NOT AN EXPEDITED ADOPTION. The adoption process is now completely incapacitated, but when it resumes the United States seeks to honor the adoption process established in Haiti. This is a humanitarian effort to care for these kids, and the adoption will be processed using the usual procedure at a later time.
Humanitarian parole for adoptive children benefits everyone involved. The kids are moved to safety. There is no cost to the government because these children have families ready to care for them. This frees up the orphanages in Haiti to care for more children. It does not circumvent the already established adoption process. It is ethical and compassionate.