World Water Day
Today, Tuesday, March 22nd, is World Water Day, a day chosen to remind us that one in six people in the world lack dependable, safe drinking water.
This year has been an interesting and successful one for E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), and since we don’t often send you emails updating you on what we are doing, we thought you may like to hear about some of our latest adventures!
Over the summer, we traveled back to Tanzania to check on our wells, and carry out Hygiene and Sanitation Education programs in each of our new villages. We brought out 3 volunteers with us this time too, and we all decided to take on the daunting task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! It was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but was a symbolic representation of the millions of hours walked every day by women and children around the world in order to collect water for their families. We plan on doing the hike again this year, in order to raise money for the wells we will be drilling in 2012, so we will let you know closer to the time how you can get involved!
More than 1 billion people still lack access to potable water. In fact, 1.4 million children worldwide will die this year from waterborne diseases. That’s more than 3,800 children every day!
After returning from Tanzania, with all of your kind donations and money raised by QSW (Quiksilver Women), we were able to drill 2 successful wells in Ugele, an extremely impoverished village in Tanzania, serving around 3,000 people with clean drinking water for at least the next 20 years.
(Kids at E.P.I.C. well)
One of our friends who came out to Tanzania with us in 2009, Siobhan Kennedy, teamed up with her mother’s organization, HOPe, to help raise enough money to fund an entire well, after seeing E.P.I.C.’s work and getting to understand the problem first-hand. The drilling of that well was completed in Weru, a village in Tanzania’s Iringa region, earlier this year, meaning that the people of Weru will no longer have to gather their water from unsafe hand-dug wells.
Our friend, Marco Cantamessi, sponsored E.P.I.C. for the NYC marathon, and raised thousands of dollars to put towards the drilling of a well.
I teamed up with my friend, Pixie Lott, in London over the summer to perform at a fundraiser hosted by Evolution Dome. The night was a huge success, raising enough money for just over half of a well, and with your generous donations, we will be drilling that well, along with others, when we head back out to Tanzania this summer!
We have been very fortunate to continue spreading the word about the desperate need for clean water in the developing world through other avenues as well. For those of you who haven’t yet seen the piece that JetBlue is currently playing about E.P.I.C., you can watch the interview with Alexi here: https://trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/betrue2
Love and Water Designs put together a beautiful story about E.P.I.C., featuring an interview with me that can be read here: http://www.loveandwaterinternational.com/2010/09/epic-everyday-people-initiating-change.html
Boro Magazine, an Astoria based publication, recently featured E.P.I.C. in a short and informative article that you can check out here: http://boromag.com/green-living/cultivating-change-from-astoria/
Alexi did an interview with NY1 this month, discussing E.P.I.C., while promoting Boro magazine’s launch party this coming Thursday, an event raising money and awareness for E.P.I.C., featuring a performance by me. To watch the NY1 interview, please go here: http://queens.ny1.com/content/top_stories/135407/astoria-resident-working-to-bring-safe–clean-water-to-developing-countries
None of this would be possible if we didn’t have your support, so we are extremely thankful for everything you continue to do for us. If for some reason you haven’t checked out our website recently, or if you would like to make a donation to help with the drilling of our wells, you can find us here: http://www.epicthemovement.org/
Lastly, we would like to send out love and prayers to everyone in Japan right now who are suffering after this devastating earthquake. If anything today, let’s remember how fortunate we all are to be able to have access to the most basic human need: safe, clean drinking water.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we hope to hear from you soon!