|Check out the latest video by charity: water; especially 1:22 you get a glimpse of Rocky working on OUR Campaign!|
|The money you raised through your|
|About six months ago, your funds were pooled with those of other|
|When your projects are complete, our partners will go back and collect GPS coordinates, photos and other details from each community. Then, they'll send all the data to us so we can create a project report for you and all your donors to share! We don't consider a project fully finished until the local Water Committees have been trained and the community has taken responsibility for their water point. |
|From our staff: a first-hand update on the progress in Malawi.|
|Malawi is a small, landlocked country in southern Africa with low access to water and sanitation. We're actually here at the end of the rainy season, when the hills are green, the rivers are swollen and the water table is high. But for most of the year, Malawi suffers from chronic water shortages and can't count on predictable rain. |
The PumpAid program we visited is just outside the capital of Lilongwe, in a district called Mchinji, near the Zambian border. To help the communities get water, PumpAid uses a special low-cost technology - the Elephant Pump - which can be manufactured locally and is easy for the communities to use and maintain.
Back in December - during the height of the dry season - PumpAid staff were visiting communities and laying the groundwork to install the pump. They prefer to do the pre-work in the dry season, when the water table is at its lowest, so that they know how deep to dig the well.
Now that the rains are tapering off, the pump installation team enters its busy season. First, they need to prepare communities and make sure there is a sense of ownership for the new well. Then, they'll start building the well, which takes 1-2 weeks. After construction, PumpAid staff will come back to the villages to set up Water Committees, train the community in maintenance and connect them to an area mechanic who can help with bigger repairs if they're needed in the future.
Rocky has been working with an amazing non-profit organization called CHARITY:WATER. This year Rocky had an idea to start a campaign. Together, we raised $5251. Enough to build water well! To all those who donated, you will be able to GPS Track the progress of our well. Congrats! To donate or start your own campaign to this beautiful charity please click on the link below. Check out the progress videos below from our 2011 Campaign!
On Sunday March 27th, Rocky and his friends along with thousands of others joined forces with Josh Duhamel in the Relief Run for Japan. On March 11th Japan was his with a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami. Rocky felt it was important to take action and what better way than the Youth Run for Japan! Check out the video blog made my Rocky and his friends. HOPE FOR JAPAN!
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