I got an e-mail this week that rocked my world.
This is a hand-dug well in the Sendedo Village, located in Tigray, Ethiopia. The village has about 200 people in it, and this well marks the first time they've had access to clean local drinking water. (In the past, the women and children walked up to two hours a day to collect their water, which was often polluted and would make them sick.)
"Ok," you're thinking, "that's nice. But what does it have to do with Cake Wrecks?"
I'll show you:
We did this, guys. You, me, and every single reader who contributed their dollar (or more) to our charity: water campaign during our 2009 Charity Countdown! Right now there's a well on the other side of the world because you guys sacrificed, gave, and refused to believe that your dollar was "just" a dollar.
Wait. Did I say "a" well?
Because I meant four wells.
You heard me: we wreckies completely funded two new wells, and partially funded two others.
And in true Wrecky fashion, they even misspelled our name on the second well:
Woot! Cake Wreeks!
This is the Mai Minshik Village, also located in Tigray, Ethiopia. It has about 225 people living in it.
Oh, and the folks at charity: water included this note:
"You might be wondering why we put a photo of a door in your report. We include it because this village is serious about maintaining their project and keeping it clean. They built a fence and a door on their own accord, to keep animals out and to show ownership of their new water source."
The other two wells are located at the Tigray elementary school and the Tigray high school, and cost more than four times what the hand-dug wells cost - over $15,000 each - because they are drilled and include hand washing stations for the children and separate bathrooms for the girls and boys:
This isn't just about health and dignity, either; it's about helping the girls in particular get an education:
"Girls in developing countries miss up to a week of class each month, or even drop out of school, when they hit puberty because they don’t have a private place to use the bathroom or wash at school."
Together we gave over $3,200 towards the Adi Chigar Elementary School project, and over $2,600 toward the Slaw High School project. That means that, all together, we gave a total of $12,874 and helped nearly 1,600 people in this community have clean drinking water for life.
And I should mention that was just one day of our Countdown; charity: water was only one out of fourteen organizations that we featured.
Not bad for a group of snarky malcontents who like cake, eh?
You can hit the links above to see more photos of each project and learn more about each village and their well. You'll also find a list of the individual donors, if you'd like to see which project your dollar went towards.
And, in all seriousness, guys, I can't look at that first plaque without getting a little (ok, a lot) emotional. Thanks for letting me be a part of this with you.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled wreck-fest.
UPDATE: The lovely folks at chartity:water made us a video thank you card! Check it out:
Aww, thanks so much, guys! Hope the cake was yummy. ;)