Leave a Legacy: Burn for Water

$15,870 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 394 people in 4 months
NEW Goal: Sept. 10th!
Let's together raise $22000 to build two clean water wells in Ghana!

Every $100 = 20 people accessing clean water for upwards of 20 years! 

How many more people can we supply clean water for?

Villagers were asked what the benefit has been for them after just one year of having a well on a village. 

One mother simply said, "None of my children died this year."

70% of all illnesses in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and sanitation issues. 

Young girls spend upwards of 6 hours a day walking to collect water. Meaning they are not in classrooms learning. 

Let's work together to fund a second well!  Please continue to share and donate.

Here's Our Chance to Leave a Legacy

My Personal Why: 

I didn't realize how powerful leaving a legacy was until 2017 when I attended AfrikaBurn, the regional arts festival in the South African desert. 

It was in the wee hours of the morning, sitting under a red beduin tent while sipping South African boxes wine at sunrise, that I engaged in philosophical conversations with AfrikaBurn founders Paul Fletcher, Paul Jorgensen, and Robert Weinek.

In those morning hours we discussed, "What comes next, from Leave No Trace?" The  environmental stewardship concept to leave no discernible trace behind after an event to all extents possible. It was a principle we had all followed for years. But under that tent, these beautiful, gritty influencers had a remarkable new intention: Leave a Legacy.

For AfrikaBurn it looked like this: their outreach program saved plywood from dismantled camps and build outbuildings for a local school; collected leftover non-perishable food and stock an orphanage's pantry. "We have so much," they all agreed.

Then earlier this summer I met an eleven year old girl named Josie, from Seattle Washington area, who at age nine, raised $10,000 to build her first well in Ghana.  She created her own non-profit, Josie's Well, in partnership with the local non-profit Water Access Now, and now at age eleven, Josie have realized her vision.

I decided right then, if eleven year old Josie can do it, WE can do this!

The How:

Your simple way of participating is key to making this happen.  

*Make a tax deductible donation to Leave a Legacy: Burn for Water GoFundMe

*Forward this email to friends and community asking them to contribute

*If you have a following, please forward this GoFundMe page and information to your email list

*Do you have corporate matching donations? 

*Share this page on your social media  Let's Leave a Legacy Together!

Big Love,
Kate Houston

PS: Josie's Well  and Water Access Now  are volunteer run and committed to transparency, passing donations directly onto building wells in Ghana.

Water Access Now has a sustainability plan in place so that wells don’t just get built and left in nonfunctional disrepair, and it includes community & civic investment & involvement.

Your tax deductible donation goes directly to the charity.
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Josie was again featured on local Seattle news! Check her news spot out here: https://bit.ly/2yZLErD
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Josie was interviewed on the local Seattle news!
I am so inspired and impressed with this young woman. I hope you are, too. Check out her interview right here:
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Hello everyone! Wow! I am so grateful for everyone's incredible support here. This past weekend I got to meet in person Josie! and I gave her a big hug for all of us.

She is such an inspiration. While chatting with her, I could not help but commit to raising the final funds to reach our $22k goal, to fund two clean water wells.

October is my birthday month (go Libras!) and so instead of gifts, I ask all of my friends and family and community to donate to build the second clean water well in Ghana.

Does your employer offer in-lond, matching for donations? Would you share out this cause with a few more people you know? would you commit to raise $100 from others to donate to this cause?

I am more determined than ever to complete my declaration and promise to Josie. Will you join me?

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You're freakin' beautiful!

Today's the day! The RSL Music Guide is available for download! We are in the home stretch. Will you help us reach our fundraising stretch goal to bring more clean water wells to Ghana TODAY of all days? AND let your people know the Guide is ready for them to download and build excitement around their booty shakin'?!

Please share the below message with your tribe, Burning Man Facebook groups, and other social media. Please share today via email, text, carrier pigeon... Facebook has banned me from posting on groups as they think I'm a bot trying to hack the system so I can't get the word out to all our favorite Burners!

Please share this!
Download the 2018 Rock Star Librarian Music Guide NOW!
If you love the music guide, FIRST *donate* to our Burn for Water fundraiser before you download the guide.
Let's bring clean water to Ghana and reach our stretch goal TODAY of all days and leave a BIG legacy! http://rslmusicguide.com

Big Love,
Rock Star Librarian
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$15,870 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 394 people in 4 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Water Access Now
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