Wednesday, October 20, 2010
More than a Glimmer of Hope - It will be done! Please join the campaign!
We just got back from Dube Bute Kebele, where Eyasu spent the first two years of his life. It’s hard to begin to describe just how overwhelming the experience was. As we look back on the day, and all of the ways that the Lord has worked in order to get us to where we are, I am overcome with excitement at being able to finally kick off this campaign.
The need in Dube Bute is extreme, 4200 people are living in heart breaking rural poverty. But, by the grace of God, we are going to be able to address every aspect of need in the kebele. Water, Health, Education, Veterinary Services – they will all be part of this campaign. Our goal is to raise $284,000, which will provide the necessary funding for a complete transformation of Dube Bute. While the need is extreme, there is hope…
Today, the people of Dube Bute collect their water from muddy, contaminated, unprotected spring sources or from dirty open wells in the town center. It’s unsafe, it’s unlivable, and it’s unacceptable. But we are going to fix that. This campaign is going to provide the funding for 10 spring protection developments and 8 hand-dug wells. These 18 water points will provide the community with clean and safe water.
The health post that we saw, if you can even call it that, is a two-room building with nothing inside. There were no medical supplies, no tables, no chairs, no hospital beds. Nothing. The new health post, on the other hand, will be fully stocked with all necessary health care equipment. One of the eight hand-dug wells will be located just outside the building, providing clean water to the health post. Additionally, the existing health post will be renovated into a two-room residence for the health care workers. This means the community will not only have a new fully supplied health facility, but they will also have health care workers living on site.
On the same compound as the health facility, will be a veterinary clinic. Dube Bute is a very rural community. As we rode horses into the kebele center, we passed dozens of cows and goats and sheep. The livelihood of many of the community members depends upon the health of their animals. We are thrilled that we will be able to provide a veterinary clinic to ensure the health of the animals upon which these people depend so dearly. Placing the veterinary clinic on the same compound as the health post will mean that it, too, has access to the clean water from the hand-dug well. The entire population of Dube Bute – people and animals alike – will be able to access health care in one, centralized location.
As the parents of 6 children, education is something very important to Moody and myself. Our hearts broke when we saw the existing school. There are currently more than 800 children who attend school in seven old, dilapidated classrooms. Seven. Not only that, but their education only goes through the 6th grade. This is going to change. We will add eight new classrooms to this campus (in two school buildings) to provide the students with brand new, fully furnished classrooms facilities. Once these classrooms are complete, the community will use the existing buildings to add on a 7th and an 8th grade to the school. What a beautiful example of collaboration and cooperation. The result? The first complete primary school (1st-8th grade) that Dube Bute has ever had. As part of our commitment to bring 100% clean water coverage to the community, one of the eight hand-dug wells will be located on the school campus, allowing all students access to clean water during the day.
We are thrilled to be getting started with this campaign, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help! We will be posting photos and videos from our incredible trip soon and will continually update you with news from Dube Bute. So please come along with us on this journey as we step out in faith.
There is Hope for Dube Bute…
P.S. 100% of all donations go directly to projects in Dube Bute. Even the PayPal transaction fee is covered by the Glimmer endowment
Campaign Type: General Fund Raising
Targeted Project Type: Wherever its needed most
Village: Dube Bute
Target Amount: $284,000
Posted by Nicholas at 4:43 PM