Big news! I just received my first CharityWater campaign update! You may remember that this past September, I donated my birthday to CharityWater and raised almost $1700 to fund a fresh water project somewhere in the word. (If you missed that story, click that last link to find out what the program is all about and then click the next link to find out the results of my fundraising campaign.)
Well...(pun intended!!)...Friday afternoon I found out that all the money was sent to Ethiopia! It's so exciting to receive this update and know that the funds are on their way to the people who need them. Check out the e-mail below...
How cool is that? I hadn't heard of A Glimmer of Hope, so I looked it up along with The Relief Society of Tigray and was impressed with both organizations. A Glimmer of Hope works to help raise women and children in rural Ethiopia out of poverty by providing water, education, health services and micro-financing. Like CharityWater, the organization is completely funded by an endowment, allowing for 100% of donations to serve those in need. The video below gives you a glimpse into their work, but I encourage you to check out their website and find out more. Maybe you'll want to join or start a fundraising campaign of your own.
The Relief Society of Tigray (REST) is also doing a lot of good work and provides a lot of resources and information about on-going relief projects in Ethiopia, as well as a photo and video gallery.
Thanks again to everyone who supported my campaign! I hope you feel as good about it as I do. Feel free to share your own experiences or leave links to your own CharityWater or Glimmer of Hope fundraising campaigns in the comments section below or on FB or Twitter! I'd love to help you spread the word! XOXO, Cindi