Toloha Water Walk 2014

The Wait is OVER!!!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Clean Water, Daniel's stories, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Program Update, Toloha Water Walk 2014, written by Lindsay | 0 comments

Bringing clean water to Toloha has proven to be a test of patience for all parties involved. Toloha Partnership has been actively seeking to bring clean water to Toloha for over 2 years, Daniel has been working in the U.S. to accomplish this for over 10 years and some of the villagers of Toloha have been waiting their entire lives. The wait is now over! The hard labor is about to begin. A “lorry” (a.k.a. a delivery truck) carrying 2 km (1.24 miles) of pipe is on its way to Toloha as I am writing this. I cannot express the emotions that our board, Daniel or the people of Toloha are feeling right now. God is so good. God has remembered the village. The fact that we did not meet our initial goal of breaking ground in January just means our human calculations are nothing compared to God’s timing. God knows what he is doing here and He has been working all these years to show his immeasurable compassion and grace to the people of Toloha, Daniel, and every single person involved in this initiative. Thank you! Today, we want to thank you all. Every person who has prayed, given money, gotten out there to fundraise, carried water, travelled to Toloha from Germany, the US, Dar es Salaam, repaired the pipe for so many years, shared with us your hopes and dreams and kept them alive all these years. God has worked through all of you! And this does not stop with water. God is pouring the water of eternal life into Toloha. Praise God with Us! Please take a moment with us today and praise God for what has and is happening in Toloha! Praise the Lord! We give all the glory to God! We will be sharing photos of the pipes and the work being done soon, so please check back! Please feel free to leave comments and questions in the comment section below! We would love to hear from...

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Water Walk Success!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Lindsay Corrigan, Toloha Water Walk, Toloha Water Walk 2014, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Water Walk Success!

The 2nd Annual Toloha Water Walk was held last Saturday March 22nd at the Neuseway Nature Center in downtown Kinston, NC, and it was certainly a success! So why am I just now sitting down to write a blog post?  Why have I waited to so long?  To be honest, I have been at a loss for words — and if you know me, that doesn’t happen very often! So what did the day look like?  Of course, pictures speak louder than words, so enjoy these photos and a brief narrative of the day! By the time the sun peeked over the horizon at 7:11 am, there were already a dozen volunteers working to set up, decorate for and prepare for the walk.  And by 8am all volunteers had arrived and were assigned their posts. As the first walkers began to trickle into the park, we were thrilled – the long anticipated day had finally arrived.  Then, walkers continued to arrive…and then more showed up…and then we ran out of registration forms…and still more walkers showed up!  We were floored!  In all, there were at least 150 participants,  which was well above our initial lofty (or so we thought) goal of 100 walkers. The event began with registration and check-in, which was followed by some free time to meander around exhibits to the beat of some local drummers on various African drums and other instruments. Then, everyone was gathered for the opening ceremony that included a heart-felt welcome shared by Daniel Makoko (native of Toloha Village and President of Toloha Partnership), a demonstration by Christina Makoko on how villagers carry water (on their heads) as well as messages from the villagers shared by Burt Rudolph (program engineer). The Water Walk was next; the 2 mile course led walkers along dirt paths into the woods to a pond full of dirty water.  All along the course, facts and statistics were posted to help walkers understand the water crisis in the developing world.  Each participant gathered water from the pond and toted it to the finish line where it was measured. Participants were then encouraged to visit interactive stations, which helped walkers learn about various aspects of African life and how water plays such a huge part in daily life.  The stations included Bathing and Hygiene, Washing Clothes, Cooking (with food samples), Carrying Water (on your head of course), Music and African Games. The day concluded with an awards ceremony.  Awards were given to top fundraising teams, families and individuals.  Team awards were also given for teamwork, spirit, best-dressed and strength (carried the most water).  Last, but certainly not least, the grand total raised was announced.  Our initial goal was to raise $17,000 through this event.  And boy were we surprised when we calculated that the fundraising total for the walk was at least $21,000 with more money to be counted!  INCREDIBLE! Oh, and did I mention the weather was phenomenal!  We could not have asked for a more beautiful day – I mean 78 and sunny (in the midst of all the snow storms and rain we’ve been having) was a miraculous and welcome sight! This verse below sums up our heart – The Lord has NOT forgotten the people of Toloha and he made that clear last Saturday as we gathered to “walk so they won’t have to.”  God is using a bunch of regular ole people like you and me to bring HOPE to Toloha Village.  Thank you to all who participated, volunteered and/or gave to make this event a success.  We are already looking forward to the 3rd...

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Water Walk Tools

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Clean Water, Toloha Water Walk, Toloha Water Walk 2014 | 0 comments

We are less than one month from the Toloha Water Walk! We are getting the word out about  it – we have a Facebook Event (please get on and check it out here), we have yard signs and flyers posted around town, we have magnets for our cars, we’ve been to churches and schools and today we put up 4 large banners at high traffic areas in Kinston. It’s happening! Right now, we are halfway to our goal of 100 walkers and we have raised $6,052!!! Wow! If you haven’t registered for the Toloha Water Walk yet, please take five minutes and register right now! Go to: http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/home/?e=7309 Click “Participate” and then “Register as a Fundraiser.” There are fundraising rewards like the official Toloha Water Walk t-shirt, a Toloha bucket to carry your water at the walk! You must have at least $170 raised by MARCH 10th to receive your t-shirt! There are several Fundraising tools linked on the Registration page, and I thought I’d link them below too. I recently added flyers for kids to color and hand out to their friends, neighbors and teachers. 2014 Toloha Water Walk Corporate Sponsorship Packet Suport Letter or Email Draft Fundraising Ideas Mini Flyers Kid’s Flyer to color Simple 8.5×11 Poster Large 11×17 Poster Kids Coloring Flyer Here is another idea! My daughter wanted to make a little video that we could share with friends and family to help our family meet our fundraising goal of $1,700. I did it with my iPhone – pretty simple, but also effective. We started by emailing to family and asked them to pass it on to their friends. We will also post it on Facebook and our Toloha Water Walk Fundraising website. It took us a couple takes, but she was so excited when she finally said it the way she wanted (as you will see on the video). Check it out below! Do you have any fundraising ideas? Please share them in the comments below, and take photos of you, your family or team in action and then #TolohaWaterWalk2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We can’t wait to see what everyone is up...

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