Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back-To-School With Clean Water

We recently recognized children who are making a positive change in the lives of others. You can read about our CWDkids Care contest winners here, but I want to recognize a local parent who is making a positive difference as well.

Meet my friend Matt, a great father and husband who recently returned from a trip to Africa where he and group of others built two water cisterns in a small village in Kenya. (That's Matt just after he gave a Kenyan boy a gift from his 4 year old son Owen: the Transformer toy "Jazz").

Matt raised $5,400 for the organization Koins for Kenya-- enough money to help construct the cement structures which provide clean drinking water to the primary schools in the village. Without the water cisterns, school children are forced to drink disease infested river water which they must walk miles just to collect. Now, thanks to Matt and his group, these children have access to clean, healthy water all year and can spend more time focusing in school.

Matt also plans on collecting sunscreen for albino children in Kenya who so desperately need the protection to survive in the African climate.

CWDkids is happy to donate clothing to the children in Kenya. If you would like to read more about Koins for Kenya, please visit the web site here. To make a donation click here.

Read more in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

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