Raindrops for Clean Water Project Teddy has been an inspiration. This year his efforts have included growing into three schools, two churches, five Knights of Columbus groups and a local grocery. It all started in 2011, when then 2nd grade student Teddy Jude Orgeron, learned that children in Guatemala did not have clean water to drink. He attended a program at his church that discussed our efforts. He saw photographs of children required to carry gallons of water from a water source, miles away, back to their village daily and was told that many children died prematurely because of the lack of clean water.
His heart was broken and he was inspired to help! Teddy approached his parents, then his principal, with an idea to raise money for these children in need. Teddy sold “raindrops” to his classmates at $1 per card; the children wrote their names on the card and placed their drops on a huge cloud at the school. Teddy and the students at Spanish Lake Primary raised over $1,100.00 and GPRW was able to complete a water line in the small village, Los Llanos, supplying clean water for hundreds of villagers!
Teddy pledged to continue his support of the children of Guatemala by approaching neighboring schools in his hometown near Baton Rouge, LA to join his efforts. His goal is for students in other primary schools to take up the pledge that Teddy took – to provide clean water to the children of Guatemala.
If you or your school or group is interested in joining Teddy in supporting water projects for the children of Guatemala, please email Teddy Bear’s Raindrops at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, or donate below in Teddy's name. Who has joined Teddy? East Lake Elementary - Chattanooga, TN Engleburg Boys & Girls Club - Milwaukee, WI Religious Education Classes, Divine Mercy Parish - South Milwaukee, WI Primary Unit, Loyola Catholic School - Mankato, MN St. Matthias School in South Milwaukee, WI "Kids Who Care" group from Holy Family School in Hannibal, MO Milwaukee School of Languages- Milwaukee, WI and many others!
Will YOU join Teddy? You can raise money too! Simply use the template HERE to start your own raindrops for clean water. We would suggest $1 per raindrop; $5 per small cloud; $10 per large cloud; and $20 per lightning bolt. Contact us for more info!
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What we are funding right now:
Water projects in the rural, indigenous areas of El Quiche, Guatemala. These projects will provide clean drinking water to a community struggling with collecting water for daily needs, and water-borne diseases. Together we can make the dream of clean water a reality, one village at a time. Thank you for your generous support. 1. Las Cruces Tzajma- 61 families/396 people)- Cost $48K 2. Canton Quiejel- (113 families/678 people)- Cost $56K 3. Unosavic (142 families/852 people)- Cost $48K
We often partner with many organizations for food, water, health, and education projects. Here are a few of our friends & partners:
Transitions Foundation of Guatemala is an organization managed by a group of highly dedicated Guatemalans who believe in mobilizing Guatemalans who are physically challenged through learning and health opportunities. Transitions advocates for the rights and social inclusion of Guatemalans with disabilities. At Transitions programs such as wheelchair workshops, general education and vocational training, prosthetic and orthopedic clinic are offered. Global Partners contributed to its mission by providing portable water at their new location in San Felipe.
Anunciata is a boarding school in the western highlands of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, a mission of the Dominican Sisters. The mission consists of a school (600 students) and a living residence (200 girls from distant villages). All of the children come from families with few opportunities economically and educationally. The mission offers an education to those young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to study because of poverty, a lack of school in the villages, distance or a lack of family financial resources.