Ghana Water Well!

So last year in lieu of celebrating my birthday, March 21, 2014, I instead decided to fundraise to build a water well in Ghana in collaboration with Generosity Water. I’m very excited to announce that my the water well in Ghana for my birthday fundraiser is finally complete! I cannot even begin to put into words the immense gratitude, joy and love my heart is currently experiencing.

With your help, we were able to raise over $4000+ in donations, which came from people all over the world, surpassing the necessary funds for the entire well which was $4,000. The additional funds went towards building another water well through the organization. And now after a year of organizing and building… the water well is finally complete, up, and running!

It is currently providing clean water to 300 people in Emaaepehiaa Ayigbe Town in eastern Ghana!

Water’s importance: 

  • Clean and safe water is the first step to ending the cycle of extreme poverty.
  • Clean water allows the proper internal nourishment the body needs, proper sanitation and hygiene.
  • Kids in a community with clean water will then be able to go to school (instead of skipping school days in search of water), receive an education, earn a better job, and most likely create positive change in their communities!

The plaque

Instead of putting a name on the plaque I decided to put “ONE WORLD. ONE LOVE” because this water well represents so much more than a name. The intention for this well was to bring people together for a beautiful cause, to symbolize that we are all equal, that together we can achieve anything, and that we are all in this together!

This well is a representation of how interconnected and unified we are to one another. This well stands for human rights: access to water, ability to love whether gay or straight, an overall access to abundant living in all aspects of life. A massive, genuine, and infinite thank you to all of you who donated last year. We did it, and we did it together! My smile is ear to ear. I could just scream at the top of my lungs! #oneworldonelove

Talk about the best birthday present ever! And I’m not just talking about my birthday, but the birthdays of all those whose lives we are changing by providing fresh, clean water with a water well that’ll last for 20 years! Water truly is one of life’s greatest gifts.

You make a difference

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely fortunate enough to have clean running water not only to nourish your body but to clean it as well. How beautiful that many people are now experiencing and thriving from this human right as well.

It truly means the world to me that you participated in being a part of the movement to help end the global clean water crisis, one community at a time! By sharing our wealth and coming together, we are changing people’s lives forever.

[Below you will find some information regarding the initial campaign to fundraise for my birthday]:

Why a birthday fundraiser?

Because I’ve learned that everything in this world means nothing unless shared. I believe it is important to spread all sorts of love, knowledge, and wealth to those in need of it.

“To whom much is given, much is expected.”

I have previously spent time volunteering in Africa and ‘twas one of the most magical, mystical, humbling, and gratifying experiences of my life. If there is anything that I learned is that we are all one world seeking and/or living the one universal truth – love.

In order to fulfill this truth its important to have the basic human necessities in life in order to flourish in a physical, spiritual, intellectual, and financial aspect. Absolutely every single human being on this planet deserves the human right to safe and fresh running water in order to thrive!

Who is Generosity Water?

Generosity Water is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. They hope to inspire people to think globally and live generously!

Positive impact:

  • They have built over 470 water projects
  • Reaching over 290,000 people
  • In 19 different countries

Learn more about Generosity Water here: http://www.generositywater.com/our-impact/

Why Africa?

I have been blessed enough to witness the beauty in nature and the people that live in Africa and it truly is one of the most magical places on earth. My experiences teaching in a small town in Tanzania have helped shape a very large part of the person I am today, and I will forever be grateful.

Words do not adequately suffice to describe the beauty and grandiose sights, emotions, and experiences I lived there. However, there were certain things there that moved me so deeply it immediately changed who I am:

The people:

  • Almost all people I encountered radiated their light onto me and those around them. The sparkle in their eyes is undeniable.
  • Most people, despite any physical or economical setback, were optimistic about their life and their future – not willing to give up on their dreams to live the lives they deserve.
  • They don’t just survive, they try their very best to thrive within their capabilities. I believe it is important to help achieve their dreams and develop their potential and life possibilities.

The poverty:

  • It is no secret that poverty is abundant throughout Africa and that there are literally millions of people in need (and dying) of basic human necessities, water of which is one.
  • To physically be able to see their daily struggle is something that truly put things into perspective in my life. Many of the beautiful people I encountered chose to rise above their circumstances, not become the victim of their surroundings, but rather champions of their lives.

The opportunity:

  • Although their poverty situation is complex, it doesn’t mean we can’t do whatever we can to help. And by building a water well we aren’t just giving them a one-time water supply, we are providing multiple supplies of fresh clean water for 20 years, as well as teaching hygienic guidelines to a safer and healthier life.
  • “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  • They need our help, and we can most definitely give it to them, but only if we come together.
  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

Thank you!

Thank you for being an integral part in the my movement of spreading love to those who need it most! Literally, every single donation, whether small or large, is making a huge impact and a lasting positive change on multiple lives. With your help, we were able to help save lives and change lives forever!

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” -Bahaullah

I want to genuinely and infinitely thank you for being a part of something much greater than ourselves. We are all one world and by coming together we show just how positively powerful we can be by simply spreading the love to those who need it most.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, thank you, and thank you!

As you read this, the beautiful people of Emaaepehiaa Ayigbe Town in eastern Ghana are currently enjoying their new water well! Yay!

Namaste,

Mr. Renaissance


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