Yesterday I took Benni for a walk in the doggie park. It was cold and windy and only one other person and one other dog was there, so we decided to walk together. Turns out that the woman I was walking with works as fundraiser for a non-profit, so we shared some experiences. She sent me a link to her organization and I checked it out today. I am attaching one of their videos.
This non-profit House of the Children/Rainforest Flow helps indigenous people of Southern Peru to secure and maintain environmentally friendly sources of fresh drinking water and sanitation. The founder of the organization went to Peru several years ago and became involved in the fresh water issue based on what she observed there - mainly that contaminated water was the leading cause of death and disease and that the Peruvian government attempts to address the problem were inadequate and not workable.
What impresses me most is that the organization, House of the Children/Rainforest Flow has a very focused mission and they are implementing their mission the right way. They are a purely non-sectarian organization with solid scientific methods. By that I mean they are not there to preach, to change the native culture, or to dole out charity; their very professional, dedicated experts in the field are providing know-how and hands on work to assist the people of the rain forest in building sustainable and environmentally integrated water filtration and sanitation systems.
Their challenge is fundraising. Who wants to fund an organization trying to bring drinking water to some remote villages in Peru? What's in it for them? We have plenty of worthy charities here in the States.
But I liked what I saw on their web site and so I'm sharing it here.
I check out my traffic feed, so I know people from all over the world land here on purpose or by accident. Perhaps someone knows someone who knows someone who can help.... so here's to serendipity.