Masked up and ready to fly!

A window exists and I am taking it!

Quarantines, lockdowns, and curfews within India have lifted!  For how long?  No one really knows at this point, but this opening is what I have been waiting for in order to travel. I have the appropriate Business Visa to be allowed in the country, I have my negative COVID test and I am fully vaccinated, so the time is now to go!

My trip is threefold:

  1. To meet with a Pump Manufacturer to see if there are any economies of scale I can take advantage of for securing hand pumps for my projects.
  2. Visit projects recently completed in Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh.
  3. Reconnect in person with those we partner with.

Not having traveled for over 18 months has me somewhat anxious about the trip, yet I know that once I get on the plane, all of my experience will come back to me and this trip will be a welcome adventure.

My travel dates are the 23rd to August 8, and will be going through Doha on Qatar, which is a first, and something I swore I would never do, but here I am doing it.

COVID continues to disrupt lives all over the globe and I have no idea when things will get better, but I do know that need still exists all around us, which is why I am trying to do something in order to make a difference and create some lasting impact in the lives of rural men, women and children of India.

COVID

Still amazing to me how people in the US still think COVID is a joke and nothing more than a strong cold/flu. For them COVID is a media and political driven pandemic to derail the economy and put the Democrats in power.
One only needs to look at the other side of the globe to see how deadly COVID is, especially this strain from India which is now reported to be in the US. This new strain in India is like an unseen force moving through the air and striking people down. Reminds me of the Old Testament story of the death angel.
Most of those I know and work with in India knows first hand the deadliness of COVID and they aren’t taking COVID lightly. Double masks, vaccines, social distancing and staying indoors away from outside contact is something they are practicing daily because they have seen firsthand bodies in the hospitals and the streets due to COVID.
At some point an opportunity will exist for “Relief” to happen and when it does tens of millions in India will have their hands out hoping for help from anyone who will hear their cry.
Bottom line is many nations have fallen prey to the destructive forces of COVID and it’s imperative that we don’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear to their cries for help.
I realize that the cries for help will be overwhelming and endless, which is why we work with grassroots indigenous organizations that will take what is given and make the most of it.  In other words, your gift will be put to good use, in the hands of those who need it.
I end with this; Get vaccinated regardless of the side effects.
If the India strain of COVID spreads in the US like it is now in India, vaccinated folks will have the best chance of staying healthy.  It’s that simple.

Summer Relief Camps

One of our program partners is seeking to make an immediate impact in 23 mandals.  Mandals are comprised of numerous villages in close proximity to one another.  The reach is roughly 10,000 to 16,000 rural men, women and children for a 3 day, 23 Mandal Summer Relief Camp.

You can read more about this and make a donation specifically for this need at Summer Relief.

Thanks for considering this!

Goat Distribution

Wells for Life had the opportunity recently to support a Livestock Development Program aimed at providing uplift to 16 families with physically challenged youth.  Each family received a pair of goats along with goat rearing training with the goal of seeing their goats reproduce and create an income stream.  In addition to the goats, a deep bore well is being drilled which will be used for an agricultural venture aimed at creating greater sustainability for the group working with these families.

This was a special project for us in that we normally aren’t funding non water related projects, but after further evaluation by one of our indigenous partners, we saw the value in the project and the impact it would have on these very deserving families.  Happily we were able to fund this project just in time for Christmas and as such provided them with gifts they will never forget.

Enjoy the photos and a huge thank you to all who gave specifically for this deserving project!

Water in COVID times

There may not be a lot of good news in the media, but I have cause to celebrate!

COVID may still be occupying most of the headlines worldwide and resultantly negatively affecting the economy as well as the hopes and dreams of countless others, yet I have a reason to get up and dance. Reason being that within the last few weeks I’ve funded 17 projects in 3 different states. You might not think that’s celebration worthy but considering donations have fallen off dramatically since COVID first hit and its now August, and yet I’m still able to drill wells; well that’s cause for me to say “raise the roof”. I would also bet that for the 17 villages, schools and/or communities which will have access to these new projects, representing thousands of lives.

I read an article the other day which spoke of the spread of COVID in India and how it’s producing large numbers of positive cases in the rural populations of 10 states and many think India soon will surpass the US in total number of cases and in deaths.  What happens in the future with COVID remains to be seen, interestingly though is that all of our work is within 7 of the 10 states that are experiencing the most number of positive cases. What I take from this fact is simple; we’re at work in rural areas which are impacted significantly by COVID.  This creates an opportunity for me to not shrink from the challenge but embrace it and look for opportunities to make a difference.

When these projects are completed, we will have brought water to 43 new places in 2020 and hopefully another 10 to 20 projects will happen before the year closes out.

COVID 19 effects

 

What’s going on?

Rural India is struggling.

I read stories from NDTV (think Indian version of CNN) along with what is shared on Facebook from my partners and most isn’t good. Over a month ago the government stopped all travel in hopes that it would prevent the spread of the virus. Many villages took matters a step further by blocking roads with large sticks or poles so that outsiders couldn’t get in.

Still today the lockdown is in force and I’m hearing more stories of desperation and hopelessness. You certainly feel for these people as they don’t have the same opportunities to access food, medicines or supplies as their city dwelling counterparts.

What can be done with all these restrictions in place is a question many are asking and thankfully there are those who are responding in small ways with outreach. Certain state governments have taken proactive approaches to get aid to their people yet again in the rural and tribal areas the situation is much different. These people operate on a cash basis; they don’t have accounts that the government can deposit money in, they don’t have access to markets or medical facilities. They are essentially cut off, left alone to cope and survive and sadly there are those who don’t.

At this point, what can we do?  We can give so that our partners can do what they do best; make a difference.  Difference making looks like this, pretty simple really, nothing more than gather resources, purchase supplies, get the necessary permits and then go out and distribute to those in need.

Yes, it is just a drop in the a very large bucket of need, but sometimes all you need is a drop to start the flow.