When Water Works: Highlights from a Successful Partnership

When Water Works: Highlights from a Successful Partnership

“One year later, I am proud to report that WaterAid has successfully established two well mechanic shops in Kako and Ghosi blocks in the Jehanabad district of Bihar. As of February 29th, 12 new mechanics have repaired 85 hand pumps, restoring access to clean water for 12,386 people in need!” Becky Straw, co-founder of The Adventure Project, an organization dedicated to helping people have access to clean water.

The Horsford Diaries Part 3

The Horsford Diaries Part 3

We observe from the back of an open-air classroom the teacher announcing our arrival. Children, perhaps five years old, stand and sing a song they have memorized for class. They are learning to speak, read and write English to best prepare them for the future. It is soon time for lunch, and the students head to the outdoor sink to wash their hands. Each child receives a generous portion of rice, broth, vegetables and meat or fish. Patrick says they are growing like bamboo shoots. Most of the children arrive at CCF very stunted in height for their age with many health issues. They sit together at communal tables enjoying one another’s company instead of having to fight over food. The children have formed relationships of trust with one another. Their smiles and laughter are proof.

Update: Peace Education Program in Maryland

I remember one person saying how much he enjoyed the classes because they weren’t focused on problems. He described how many of the programs offered in the correctional facility focus on an individual’s problems. He felt it was a real relief to be able to attend a class that offered solutions that can be found inside.

What Does Peace Inspire?

At the “Peace and Well-being” confrence in Brussels, I discovered that a message of peace inspires and encourages the reduction in conflict, one day at a time. It encourages better education so our children can find other ways to resolve their differences and it supports reduced violence in the home and better workplace relationships.

Inviting Peace In

At the beginning of the year, we met with the director of Unit 1, a huge prison ten-minute walk from the women’s prison. Unit 1 houses 1,700 inmates, mainly men, with a staff of 1,200. The director heard Prem Rawat speak when he came here last year and invited us to start a workshop there, too. We told him that Prem Rawat might come to South America again soon, and he said, “Let’s invite him. His message will help the inmates!” We happily agreed!