Saturday, March 19, 2011
Featured in the latest edition of My Journey to Laos newsletter, which exclusively focuses on the subject of water filters, this image reveals dozens of these units awaiting distribution in front of the schoolhouse in the village of Pha Yong. Located on the north side of Nam Ou River near the village of Muong Ngoi, which lies northeast of Luang Prabang, Pha Yong was one of three villages to receive a portion of the 202 water filters distributed by Adopt a Village in Laos this past season.
On March 9, 2011, I received an email from my friend, Steve Rutledge, president of Adopt a Village in Laos, with an update about some of the projects for next season. One of them was, of course, for water filters. According to his estimates, he will likely need at least 500 water filters!
Since December 19, 2010, I have been collecting donations specifically for water filters. To date (March 18, 2011), I have secured at least 15 such donations. If Steve's estimates are accurate, that means we have only 485 units to go. I think we can manage that.
Since the installation of the Loonies for Laos donation box on December 19, 2010 at my local cafe, Java Jive, the response has been amazing. On Friday, March 18, 2011, Loonies for Laos finally secured its third water filter donation! Wow!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
On Friday, March 4, 2011, my travel fundraising fund finally reached the $1000 mark, which means that I am half way there to achieving my goal of $2000! This money will be specifically used to help me cover my travel expenses to and from Laos. Hooray!