|anh Ba standing next to the first 1500 liter water urn. This water urn will have two hose spigots attached|
UPDATE as of 9/15: WE HAVE ACHIEVED AND EXCEEDED OUR GOAL!!! Any remaining funds will be used for our future projects. Thank you everyone for your generous support!
First off, I would like to thank everyone for partaking in this life - altering clean water project for the remote villages in Vietnam. It took us almost two months going through the laborious yet important process of visiting the villagers to understand their needs and concerns; researching, purchasing materials, and delivering to each household; working with the water well builder to get things going in the right direction was the most challenging task for us.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to anh Ba for all his hard work, and humble spirit for his tireless assistance to move the project forward. Despite the distance from his hometown to the remote villages, he never falters. Many times he sat on the bus all day to get there, at times enduring heavy rainstorms en route. He went out of his ways just to give the villagers a peace of mind that we will deliver what we promised and to ensure that each villager get the quality building materials for the well and water urn. What he is doing is truly godsend and embodies the charitable spirit that The Spices of Life envisioned.
"He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." - Confucius
Our project is surely making progress. As we speak, the first phase involving the 15 water wells and 50 water urns is nearly complete. As of today, we're short $1,480 from meeting our goal of $17,200 for this entire project of 31 wells and 220 water urns. I am hopeful that we will get there by the end of September. In the meantime, we must continue our work with the budget that we currently have. We will be moving on to our next phase for the remaining 16 water wells and 170 water urns in a couple weeks.
Please help me complete this mission so together we can ensure safe drinking water for these villagers. We understand the dire situation these people are in either through awareness or having lived through it ourselves.
Here is the link (click here) to the living water project. You can find the donation info toward the end of the post.
Below are some pictures of the work that has been done.
|meeting with the villagers|
|a villager expressing her gratitude|
|waiting for the arrival of building materials|
|The first water urn is being built|
|here is one of the first 15 wells|