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 Dear Lifeteen and Edge Parishes, 

We want to sincerely congratulate you, for having done your part to make the Give It Away Now effort an overwhelming success.  We could not have done it without you and your incredible financial contribution.  It was the first international effort for Life Teen Give It Away Now, and it clearly resonated within the Life Teen community.  Our original goal was $50,000 and thanks to everyone we have received pledges of almost 4 times that.  As of Dec. 31, 197,235 has been pledged and $190,000+ has been collected. W.A.T.E.R. thanks you for everything you have done.

 W.A.T.E.R. is an all volunteer organization and you and your Life Teen and/or Edge community have joined us in a big way.  Without the support of people like you we would not have an NGO (non governmental organization).  It is our hope that this will mark the beginning of a longer term relationship with your parish and each and every member of your youth organization.  We hope we can do more with you in 2011.  In fact, there are some Life Teen parishes who plan to continue to raise money for W.A.T.E.R. for the rest of the school year.  So please keep us in your thoughts.  There are approximately 2 billion people in the world without access to water and sanitation and you have proven that we can help.

Below is a video where you can learn more about WATER and the work you have made possible through your generosity. I know we speak for every volunteer at WATER when we tell you that you have inspired us all. When they were thirsty you gave them water.  Yes, you did.  May God bless your entire team. 

 Sincerely,

Jim Niquette, Janet Kline, Bob Maher
W.A.T.E.R. Board of Directors    

 

Download the latest  parish donations list.

 

November 8, 2010 Update

Life Teen 's Give It Away Now campaign "Thirst for Change" continues to blast the $50,000 goal "INTO THE W.A.T.E.R!" 204 parishes have now reported to W.A.T.E.R. and Life Teen a new total of $178,000. Of that amount, $134,000 is already in our W.A.T.E.R. bank account ready to go to work. We are counting on the rest of those pledges arriving soon so Catholic Relief Services can start the village application process for our 2011 drilling. Thousands of thirsty people in Ghana will drink clean water because of you. Many parishes are still raising funds or yet to report. Stay tuned to this site for regular updates on what has turned into an outstanding effort thanks to thousands of incredible Catholic youth. 

 


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The Ghana Health Service, the Rotary Club of Sunyani, the George Fisher Jubilee Foundation and W.A.T.E.R. announced a joint effort to attack Buruli Ulcer at a Press Conference in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana.  Present at the press conference were Dr. Edwin Ampadu, Ghana Health Service National Program Manager for Buruli Ulcer, Water Hughes, representing the George Fisher Jubilee Foundation and Rotary International, Samuel Obuor, President of the Sunyani Rotary Club and Jim Niquette, representing W.A.T.E.R.  The combined group intends to attack Buruli Ulcer with the same combination of surveillance, case treatment and provision of water and sanitation as has been so successful with guinea worm eradication in Ghana.  At the press conference the partners announced a $100,000 grant from the Rotary and a $70,000 grant from the Jubilee foundation.  Others partners are being sought for both the provision of boreholes, surveillance activities and the treatment of cases.

Learn more about Buruli Ulcer: WHO, Wikipedia.


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W.A.T.E.R., Shara Oil and Ghana Health Service will undertake 175 cataract surgeries in Northern Ghana during the second half of 2010.  The first 75 are planned for Upper West Region in conjunction with World Sight Day from October 11 - 14.  The surgeries will be done in conjunction with the Eye Care Unit of Ghana Health Service headed by Dr. Oscar Debrah and a surgical team led by Dr. Seth Wanye from the Tamale Teaching Hospital.  W.A.T.E.R. is pleased to be associated with this undertaking and encourages others who might be interested, to consider matching this effort as the backlog of cataract patients requiring surgery in Ghana is substantial.  Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in Africa.

Learn more about cataracts


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Green Carpet Studio & W.A.T.E.R. 
presented a  special screening of

"Hope, Ghana" on May 3rd.

Over $1000 was donated to the cause of clean water that evening including Microsoft matches.


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WATER has teamed with Global Charity Foundation of Las Vegas, Nevada for the last 2 years to place children found in a rock quarry near Accra in school.  In conjunction with 5 schools and the parents of the children, in September of 2012 most of these students will enter there 3rd year in school.  Global Charity Foundation provides the money and WATER monitors the students.  We are proud to be a partner of Global Charity Foundation and look forward to working with them in the years to come.

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