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The campaign continues!

For those of you who have already donated to our StartSomeGood campaign, 1) thank you so much, and 2) check out the cool button you’ll be receiving after the campaign is completed:

StartSomeGood-logo-web

If you haven’t already donated, I bet you want to now that you’ve seen how cool our buttons are. 🙂

We’re blessed to know some really talented people, not least of whom is Kayla English, who is responsible for the above button design. (As an aside, if you need something designed, send this woman an email!)

If you make a donation of $25 or more, you’ll receive one of our awesome buttons. If you make a donation greater than $25, check out the list of what you’ll receive below:

  • $50 – A personal thank-you card from thisvillage. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $100 – 8×10 photo from Bandanpally. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $250 – A bottle of thisvillage‘s very own wine (Chilean Pinot Noir). Plus all previous rewards.
  • $500 – Video thank-you from Bandanpallly. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $1,000 – Your name engraved on a well, with a picture. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $10,000 – You get to come to the village of Bandanpally. You will receive airfare, housing, food, and transportation for one person. Plus all previous rewards.

We’ve raised $875 of our $2,400 goal, and we have just under 3 weeks left to raise the remaining $1,525. Come join with us as we make a difference in the lives of the people of Bandanpally! Visit http://startsomegood.com/wells to donate.

— Christie Esau

We’re building a well!

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After only three days of our StartSomeGood campaign, we reached our tipping point. I can’t express how excited I was to wake up Thursday morning, check the project page, and see the words “project tipped!” on my screen.

Besides the fact that reaching our tipping point means the campaign will actually proceed, it also means that we have more than $800: enough money to build one well in the community of Bandanpally. And, let me tell you, the phrase “building wells to change lives” couldn’t be a more accurate statement for our friends in Bandanpally.

Bandanpally is a small, rural community in Andhra Pradesh, India, and having easy access to clean water will truly be a life-changer. When we visited Bandanpally in September 2012, and walked the paths from home to home, and realized how far some homes were from one of the few wells in the community, we knew that something had to change. We certainly knew that the people of Bandanpally had a ways to climb on the ladder of development, but it was made concrete in our visit.

As I’m sure everyone can agree, poverty becomes different when it has a face and a name. If I wasn’t already overwhelmed with love and concern for the women and girls of India, I certainly was after meeting my friend Raman. Raman, a woman only a year or two younger than myself, who had been married since she was a young teen. Raman, who was responsible for the entire household after her husband was seriously injured. By the accident of geography, Raman has a hard life.

Dream with me, for a moment, of how significant having a nearby well spouting clean water would be for someone like Raman. Because these are the sort of crazy dreams that can come true when wells are built.

If you have donated, thank you.
If you haven’t, we’d love it if you would.
http://startsomegood.com/wells

We’re building wells to change lives, and we’d love for you to join with us.

— Christie Esau

Let’s build some wells

What:

We are doing a month-long fundraising campaign in order to raise money for three much-needed water wells. The overall goal of the campaign is CDN $2,400.

Where:

Bandanpally, India. For those that don’t know, Bandanpally is the first village that thisvillage is working with. There are a number of projects that are planned, including these wells.

When:

November 4th – December 4th. This is the only period where donations to the campaign can be received.

Who:

You! This can only happen with the generosity of people like yourself. And for every person that make a donation, you will receive a reward of some kind (see details below).

Why:

The importance of providing clean water to a community may seem obvious. We know the benefits it will have on people’s health and agricultural production. But here is a reason that you may not have thought about. In most villages in India, women and children are primarily responsible for collecting water. Since there are too few sources of water in Bandanpally, women and children have to travel far and spend a lot of time collecting water for daily life. If we can provide more wells, women will have more time to care for their families and to earn money, while children will have more time to study or just play with friends.

This recent blog post details some of the reasons why we think this campaign to build water wells is so important.

How:

Starting today, you can donate to the project by visiting this link: startsomegood.com/wells. While we always appreciate donations made on our website, no donations made on thisvillage.org can be used for this specific campaign.

The total goal is $2,400, which will build three wells. There is also what is known as a “tipping point,” which is set at $800. What this means is that at least $800 must be raised in order for thisvillage to receive and use any of the donations. If $799 is raised by the end of the campaign, we receive nothing. $800 will allow us to build one well, but we’re aiming higher. So let’s build three. Anything raised above $2,400 will be put towards other important projects in Bandanpally, such as building toilets or doing literacy training.

Rewards:

As with all campaigns hosted with StartSomeGood, rewards are offered for incremental donations. Here is a breakdown of what you will receive when donating to this important campaign:

  • $5 – Regular updates on the wells in addition to personal stories from the village.
  • $25 – A thisvillage button. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $50 – A personal thank-you card from thisvillage. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $100 – 8×10 photo from Bandanpally. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $250 – A bottle of thisvillage‘s very own wine (Chilean Pinot Noir). Plus all previous rewards.
  • $500 – Video thank-you from Bandanpallly. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $1,000 – Your name engraved on a well, with a picture. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $10,000 (because why not think big) – You get to come to the village of Bandanpally. You will receive airfare, housing, food, and transportation for one person. Plus all previous rewards.

The End:

To give to the campaign and to find out more information, please visit startsomegood.com/wells. We also made a video about it.

— Graeme Esau

Let’s talk about water

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Everyone knows that water is important. With the risk of getting all kindergarten science lesson on you, however (and in case it has been a long week), a few reminders of what we use water for in our day-to-day lives:

  • washing your hands,
  • taking a shower/bath,
  • brushing your teeth,
  • using a toilet,
  • drinking tea or coffee (or just water! or anything!),
  • warming (or cooling) your home,
  • cooking your food, and
  • innumerable other important things.

So unless you’ve had a 127 Hours experience, you’ve used (and needed) water every single day of your life. And you know what? The same is true for people around the world, including people in rural India.

Take a moment to think how your life would be different if you had to work (and I mean really work) to get your water every day, if you had to leave your home to get water, and had to carry all the water you wanted back to your house. Then imagine that the only water you had access to was contaminated and would likely make you sick. Oh, and add to the issue that all the food you eat needs to be grown using water.

Everyone needs and deserves easy access to clean water.

thisvillage believes that water plays a crucial role in helping the world’s poor (so does the United Nations), and that is why we’re starting a fundraising campaign on Monday to build three water wells for our friends in a small village in India.

On Monday, November 4th, visit startsomegood.com/wells and make a donation to our campaign. We only need to raise $2,400 to make a huge difference in the community of Bandanpally, and we would love your help doing it.

Come back to the blog on Monday for a detailed post about the wells campaign!

— Christie Esau