“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? -Mary Oliver
I’ve been throwing myself birthday parties since third grade. Birthdays were an excuse to gather the people I love, feed them and play.
This year, I have a different vision. Women in post-conflict Kamoniyi, Rwanda, gathering around a fresh new start. Clean water.
Lack of access to clean water not only leads to illness, but research in Kamoniyi showed it’s also the cause of domestic violence, chronic malnutrition, and school absenteeism.
So for my 33rd birthday, I want to raise $3,300 to help Global Grassroots complete the “People of Love” water project.
This new water collection point will double as a gathering space to teach women how to create kitchen gardens and nutritious meals, and to train couples about domestic violence and women’s rights.
I’m hoping to inspire 100 people to donate $33 each.
And I’m going to run through 3 states to do it.
That’s right, three states. Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Yowzers!
Why am I doing this?
Because I believe we can make the world a better place.
And Gretchen Wallace, founder of Global Grassroots, is doing that in a radical way. I attended her Conscious Social Change Workshop and knew I needed to support her work: empowering underserved women to become change agents, transforming their own communities. Also, Global Grassroots is a few miles from my house and I plan to learn through osmosis!