When Youth Get Involved
I put out the call to youth group leaders to get their young people involved in our End of Financial Year appeal.
At this time of year a number of the Wesleyan Methodist Church Districts in Australia hold their annual youth camp… unfortunately this year due to COVID-19 they had to be cancelled. So I said to the youth leaders, “what about getting them to come up with ideas to fundraise for our World Hope International TapEffect clean water project in Cambodia providing affordable clean water piped directly to homes?” They got on board!
Nth Queensland District Youth held an online conference over Friday night and Saturday, with fun games, were challenges like washing feet as well as messages, with the goal of raising funds for WHI’s #WaterMatters appeal.
Our target was $10,000 which would connect 50 homes to clean affordable water through our TapEffect project in Cambodia.
Youth in Perth Western Australia had friends and family sponsor them as they went on a 6 hour hike while other youth groups also raised funds.
The final tally was $11,273, which connected 56 homes to affordable piped clean water making an impact to not only individual homes but the whole community for generations as women and girls no longer need to spend up to 6 hours a day collecting and cleaning water. Instead they can attend school or begin a small business.
The impact to health, education and protection will be ongoing.
The #WaterMatters appeal not only provided WHI with finances to carry out our project but it helped the youth to look at how young people in less advantageous communities might live and how something a simple as a $200 donation can make a huge impact.