Posts made in January, 2015

Water Walk Rep Meeting 2015!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Lindsay Corrigan, Toloha Water Walk, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Who’s excited?!  I know we are! The 3rd Annual Toloha Water Walk is right around the corner and we want YOU to be there!  And we don’t want you to come alone. Looking back over the past year and a half we stand in awe of what God has done.  He has brought the small community of Kinston together and raised $127,000 to bring clean water to the villagers of Toloha.  Work has started in the village, but the project isn’t finished yet – we are still $43,000 shy of our $170,000 goal for renovating a gravity fed water system to supply 10,000 people with clean water for LIFE! So what can you do to help?!  Well, I’m glad you asked – we’re looking for people just like you to be “2015 Water Walk Reps”  The title sounds important, and it is, but the good news is, it isn’t difficult!  We are looking for people to take the lead and be liaisons/team leaders for their respective circles of influence (your children’s ministry, your school, your organization, your youth group, your neighborhood etc).  We know that if you are excited about the Water Walk others around you will be excited too!  All you need to do is get the information from us and tell other people. The Water Walk concept is really simple — individuals sign up (for free), get their own website, and then raise support ($17 per person for clean water for life) and see how many people’s lives they can literally change forever! Then they show up on March 14th and experience what our friends in Toloha experience daily, a walk to gather water. So if you are willing to hop on board and help us get others involved, come on out (all participants do not need to attend this meeting – just send one or two people from your group to gather the necessary information)! The 2015 Water Walk Rep Meeting Sunday February 8th at 3:00 pm Woodman Community Center Banquet Room (2602 West Vernon Avenue, Kinston, NC 28504) At this meeting we will walk you through the process of registering, give you some information specific to team leaders and answer any questions you have.  By showing up you are not committing to participate rather you are just getting more information.  If you are unable to make the meeting, but would like the information, please contact us and we will get in touch with you separately. Not sure what Toloha Partnership is all about?  Come out a little early (2:30pm) to hear the story and philosophy of Toloha Partnership and then stick around for the Water Walk Rep Meeting at 3pm. We are so thankful for each of you and your willingness to step out and make a difference.  I’m excited to see what God does this year!  Registration isn’t open quite yet but we’re hoping to open online registration on Feb 8th…so get...

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Key to Sustainability = Training!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Clean Water | 1 comment

Education is often seen as the key to success and in regards to the sustainability of the Toloha Water System we know that education, in the form of Water Board Training, is essential.  This past summer when the vision team sat down with the water board in Toloha, the very first thing they asked for was training.  They recognize the importance of training and so do we! The Village Water Committee left Toloha early this morning to travel several hours to the Water Service Facility Trust (WSFT) to participate in a 3 day training.  This is a facility that was established in 1989 and exists to train, educate and support rural water boards.  This past summer the Vision Team was given the opportunity to tour the facility, meet the directors and visit several rural water systems this organization has worked closely with. Y’all it was incredible – we saw water systems installed in the 90s that remained in tip top condition!   This is our prayer for the Toloha Water System BUT it takes a lot of hard work, education and training to produce a well-functioning and competent water board.  We pray that this is the first of many training opportunities for the Toloha Water Board.  This is their project and they are eager to learn how to manage it well. How did we learn about the WSFT?  We were connected by a great friend of Toloha Parntership, Klaus Schaefer.  Klaus is from Germany and previously lived in the Mwanga region in TZ when he worked as an engineer for a German aide organization, GIZ.  He met Leyton and some others from Toloha and formed a deep passion in his heart for this village; he has since returned home to Germany where he has been advocating for and raising funds for Toloha Partnership.   It is incredible to watch God connect us all, isn’t it?! The training agenda includes topics such as: Guidelines/procedures for election & terms of village water committee members Roles & responsibilities of board members and water users (villagers) Financial management and control Board members will also be given the opportunity to travel to other well performing water systems within the district   Pray for attentive ears, open minds, eager/passionate hearts and board unity.   Thank you for your partnership and for making this possible!  You truly are helping the people of Toloha help themselves!  We are...

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