When we first began talking about how we wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary…we knew we wanted to use this special milestone in our lives to build a legacy of impact.
As many of you know, we have traveled all over the world, seen amazing sites, and participated with many cultures and people. One of the most disturbing was in Africa. We visited villages where people were attempting to dig a water well by hand with trowels and a bucket. We saw children and women walking for miles each way through the African savannah to the nearest water source–and then having to carry it back. Every day. To provide their families with water. All that time….risk….and lost opportunities for other activities such as education or employment…lost in the pursuit of water. If we can change that situation for one village, it would be a legacy that really would make a difference.
That’s why we’re aiming to raise $50,000 to build a new well in East Africa with Well Aware — a clean water nonprofit based in Austin, Texas that we’ve been supporting for over 7 years now. We personally will be donating $10,000 and we would appreciate your help to raise funds through donations to our cause. We guarantee it will make a profound impact, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on the progress of this project.
Mark & Kathy
$50,000 is enough to build a brand new, deep borehole well for a community in East Africa. With this new well, an entire community, families, and children will be able to survive and thrive with lasting clean water for generations to come.
Water walk at anniversary party in Austin
Handmade necklace from Kenya!
Special handmade good from Kenya
About Well Aware
Well Aware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with headquarters in Austin, Texas. They fund and implement lasting clean water systems to drive development and empower communities in East Africa.
Well Aware believes their responsibility to their partner communities goes far beyond the drilling of a hole. Nearly 60% of water projects in Africa fail, often within the first year. 100% of Well Aware’s water systems work and they last because of realistic, responsible planning and collaboration. Their partner communities are motivated, organized, and prepared communities who need only sustainable clean water to kick-start their success. That’s why Well Aware adapts each project according to the community’s specific needs and collaborates with local leaders to ensure the water system’s long-term success.
We are so grateful to you for helping us celebrate our 50th anniversary by making a big impact. We are honored to have such wonderful family and friends, and we’re excited for the years to come.