Tuesday, March 22, 2011

$10k on World Water Day!?!?!?!

It's World Water Day! Have you helped The Adventure Project reach our $10,000 goal??? We only have about $1500 to go!!!!!!! When we make it, The Prem Rawat Foundation will match it, doubling the impact!

Please click here to make a donation on my donation page, or here to go to the general donation page. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT and for making a difference in the lives of thousands! I feel so honored to have played a small role in this day.

Friday, March 18, 2011

WWJD on WWD '11?

That's right folks, I busted out the W.W.J.D. ("What Would Jesus Do?" in case you're new to the planet.) - but what is WWD you ask? It stands for World Water Day and it is coming up this Tuesday, March 22nd.

Globally, 1 out of 8 people lacks access to clean drinking water. This simple fact is the root cause for the deaths of upwards of 4,000 children a year due to diarrhea-related illnesses - that's more than AIDS, malaria, & measles combined. It was those startling facts that fueled my interest in the water crisis two years ago when my 5th grade class took on a service learning project that benefitted the Water for Schools campaign with charity:water, a non-profit that is fighting the global water crisis by building freshwater wells. I first became aware of the dire need for access to clean drinking water around the world thanks to Becky Straw, one of Joel's closest friends from high school, and now one of mine, too. At the time, Becky was working for charity:water, but she has since gone on to an even bigger and better endeavor. Along with friend Jody Landers, Becky co-founded The AdVENTURE Project, a non-profit aimed at ending global poverty in our lifetime.

Each quarter, The AdVENTURE Project focuses on one humanitarian issue affecting global poverty, & then they find low-cost, high-impact, innovative solutions. This quarter, TAP is partnering with WaterAid for the Keep It Clean Campaign to benefit WaterAid's well-mechanics program in India. It's an amazing program that trains men AND women how to fix the 1/3 of all freshwater wells that are broken. You can read more about it here or here. Below is a picture of Ram Rati, one of the first women employed through the well-mechanics program. When needed, she straps her tools on to her bike, and rides to do her job. Talk about a hero!

So, when I was approached to be a part of typeTAP for World Water Day, I jumped at the chance! typeTAP is a first of its kind fundraising and awareness campaign being promoted by bloggers. I was asked to be a part of the core team to get the ball rolling. I feel honored to have been asked despite the fact that I think I'm barely worthy of the "blogger" title. I may not be able to globe-trot to get involved in finding solutions for the world's inequities, but I can definitely do this!

The goal was originally to get 50 bloggers on board that would dedicate their blog post on Tuesday, March 22nd, to World Water Day . We have already exceeded that number! Last I checked, the count stood at 70. The new goal is 100 blogs by Tuesday. I know we can do it. If you have a blog and want to get involved, please click here. No blog? No problem! Make your own fundraising page here, and share it via email, Facebook, or Twitter!

Now, the key here is that each blogger has an audience. If each blogger could motivate 20 of their readers to donate $5, or 100 readers to donate $1, or 10 readers to donate $10....that would be $10,000. In. One. Day. Amazing!!!

But it gets even better....on Friday, Becky got a call that makes all of this even more incredible. If we can get 100 bloggers to raise $100 each within 24 hours on March 22nd, The Prem Rawat Foundation is going to MATCH it. We now have a chance to raise $20,000 in 24 hours to benefit the Keep It Clean campaign, making it possible to fix broken wells and turn water back on for approximately 600 people each month!

Now....who's with me? Will you help me make a difference for hundreds of people in India this World Water Day? Because you can. Click here to make a donation. Repost this on Facebook or Twitter. Email a link to family and friends. It's that easy.

And WWJD on WWD? I'm thinking He would be all over this. :) In a way, He totally is.

- J

His Very Own Corner of the Universe

Woohoo! Little N's room is finally "complete". After we moved, we never got around to hanging all of the decorative pieces as I had envisioned. It's a rainy day today, N is at Grandma Emilie & Grandpa Ken's, & Joel has the day off. Today had "project day" written ALL over it!

Here is the view from the door. Still sorting out window covering options. The trio of skinny windows is killing me! :) I do love the book racks that I found at Home Goods. They look just like the Pottery Barn Kids one that I wanted. Noah LOVES books and I love that we can display them in the shelves!

I love the letters & the decals that match his bedding. They worked out perfectly!

Notice the coordinating changing pad on the beautiful changing table/dresser. Please note that that has not been used in MONTHS. We gave up once he started pulling himself up to sitting during diaper changes & trying to scale the blinds like a ladder. The floor/bed/ottoman are safer and easier for everyone. :)

In case you are wondering, yes, the mattress is totally slanted. After the month-of-congestion (aka January/February), we just left it like that for the time being. At least we aren't running the humidifier 24/7 like we did for a few weeks!

I'm so excited that it's "done". Huge relief! I hate having loose ends everywhere, but if I have learned anything in the past year, that's just life when you're a parent!

- J