This June I was afforded an amazing opportunity to visit the country of Ethiopia. We were exposed to many different ministries and groups throughout our trip, but my heart was shattered when we visited Chuko Weyama. I knew that I was supposed to do something - something to make a difference in these people's lives. The people of Chuko Weyama live relatively simple lives that are full of joy and thanksgiving. It was so humbling for them to open us with open arms into their village. Traveling the water walk, seeing the conditions they live in, and fellowshipping with them are moments that are priceless and that I will cherish forever.
While visiting, I had a big wake-up call. I have a closet full of clothes, shoes, and drawers full of jewelry. I'm fortunately blessed. I have two healthy, incredible children. I have food whenever I'm hungry, a warm bed, electricity, healthcare options available all around, and the thing I think I take most for granted - clean water. I never really gave a thought to it. I am somewhat of a "water snob" and really refuse to ever drink tap water. These people don't have that luxury. The water they drink is the same water the livestock drinks from, dirty, diseased, and dangerous. People die of water-borne illnesses. Something so preventable. Something so simple.
I knew when I left Chuko what I needed to do. I took some time to really think through it and make sure I wanted to do it when I realized it wasn't about whether or not I wanted to do anything. I know in my heart it is the RIGHT thing to do - these people need clean water. Something every single person in the United States has access to, whether or not homeless or rich, these people do not have. Something we waste, take for granted, and don't think twice about. Join me and dig deep to help provide clean water for the people of Chuko Weyama.
I'm working with A Glimmer of Hope - an organization I was lucky enough to meet some employees of while there. They help lift women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia. My favorite part of their organization is that 100% of all donations go directly to funding their projects. Their endowment covers all of its operating expenses. Over the last 10 years, Glimmer has completed more than 5,000 projects and improved 2.4 million lives. I can't wait to improve some more!
Watch this video to learn more about A Glimmer of Hope.