life giving water

20 Sep

It’s not a secret that poverty is a massive international crisis. In North America, we are constantly exposed to the stats, stories and images of the more than 3 billion people in the world living on less than $2.50 a day. Personally, I find the issue so daunting that it’s difficult to even know where to begin. But I’ve found a non-profit organization that I truly believe has found the right approach. Through their strategy, Poverty Revolution, FH Canada’s aim is to eradicate poverty by empowering developing communities in impoverished regions around the world to become self-sustaining. Rather than simply putting a band-aid over the issue with short-lived handouts, FH Canada and their international counterparts partner with communities and work with them to implement a 5 to 9 year plan focused on reaching the ultimate goal of becoming self-sufficient – able to take care of themselves and each other. Yes, resources are provided, but it’s more than that. Instead of imposing our North American practices, FH Canada identifies what a community already has and offers training to the people on how to maximize their current resources while offering emotional, physical, spiritual and educational support along the way.

FH Canada is currently working in 11 communities in 10 different countries, one of those being, Sasiga, Ethiopia. The reason I mention this community specifically is because a few months ago the local Christian radio station, Praise 106.5, chose to partner with this developing community to provide support, encouragement and assistance to them as they strive to become a community that is self-sustaining. Currently, one of the greatest needs in this community is a clean, sustainable water resource. So FH Canada and Praise have joined forces to try and raise $20,000 to build and install 20 wells in Sasiga, providing life saving water for 10,000 people.

Thursday, September 23rd at midnight is their goal. And on Saturday, September 25th, Praise and FH Canada are hosting a Poverty Revolution Block Party to present the cheque for the wells to the leader of the community of Sasiga, Ethiopia who is currently visiting the FH Canada headquarters in Abbotsford, BC, and celebrate this huge step towards helping this community reach its goal. They have currently raised $16,000 – enough for 16 wells – and have $4,000 to go to reach their target of 20 wells. I write this with the hope that maybe we (me and those of you who read my blog) could please help Praise and FH Canada reach this goal. It doesn’t need to be a lot, anything helps. And then come celebrate with Praise, FH Canada, the leader of Sasiga, Ethiopia and others at the party on Saturday, September 25th at the new Bakerview Eco Dairy on Sumas Way in Abbotsford from 12 to 4pm.

For more information on the Praise/FH Canada Sasiga, Ethiopia water project and to donate, CLICK HERE.

a successfully installed well in a community in Ethiopia (image belongs to FH Canada)

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