There is for each person a moment of realization when the world becomes smaller, our neighbor apparent and Greater Works possible...
My heart filled with a desire to save humanity before I could reach the cereal on the top shelf of our pantry. I grew up everywhere. My father was a humanitarian missionary. As one of his children, I was a tag along.
Traveling from city and country, I realized at an early age that my neighbors are unlike me. My neighbors do not look like me, speak my language, go to my school, or embrace my traditions.
Watching my father hand out compassion to men and women who could no longer provide for their families on their own, I learned that different is not scary, but important. Neighbors needed good news, so he stood up and offered hope. I paid attention. With wide eyes and a big heart, I discovered that my life has this purpose- to appreciate my neighbor, reflect hope, and inspire action!
I met Christopher and Derek when I was seventeen. They were a ragtag duo- best friends since seventh grade- and I was Christopher's girlfriend. Over the years, Christopher, Derek, and I have spent countless hours dreaming together about Greater Works -- a community of individuals committed to bringing Literal Salvation to those suffering in developing countries and in our backyard. Our focus is always on the utilization of our social capital (connections) to raise awareness, rally support and live lives of generosity. Before I continue, let me stop to define Literal Salvation. It is literally saving people's lives. It might be a clean water well for a village, where people die from water born illness; shelter for a new family; hope for a future or anything else that saves people from dying.
We fund various projects around the globe that fall in line with our mission. The Board of Directors chooses projects that resonate with our community. Each project is funded by individual and corporate donations. We call ourselves the People's Nonprofit; that means we are your nonprofit. Greater Works does not care who gets the credit so; we are able to partner with other nonprofits to bring Literal Salvation to our neighbors. What do you want to see happen? How do you want to make a difference? Greater Works is here to help you answer the call.
Since September 2009, Greater Works has built four clean water wells, three in India and one in Rwanda! We have also raised the capital to dig our fifth clean water well in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras in April 2011. This particular well will support a Sustainable Healthy Living Program at the Women's Clinic in conjunction with the local hospital in La Esperanza. The small hospital services hundreds of thousands of people living in rural villages and is the only public hospital located four and a half hours in any direction. The well will provide clean water to high-risk pregnant patients who live for the last month of their pregnancy in the Women's Clinic dormitory behind the hospital, water to irrigate a garden to feed patients, and a clean alternate source of water for the hospital itself!
Why is this important? Staggering statistics explain----
- Unsafe water and the lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, killing more people annually than all forms of violence including war.
- Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to collect water that is likely to make them sick.
- Of the thousands of deaths that occur every week from unsafe drinking water and lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under the age of 5.
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water; this means that more than 4,000 children die daily because they do not have safe drinking water!
Please visit us at Greater Works to learn about new projects. We need your help. The one I'm especially excited about is our 2011 Health and Wellness Project! We have committed to dig five wells in the Andhra Pradesh region of India by Christmas morning of 2011.For a donation of $5, one person can have clean water for five years. I pay more for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Imagine what we can do with $25,000.
I never seem to remember what I give or receive on Christmas- this year it will be unforgettable! Every time I turn on the faucet to wash dishes, every time I take a shower or do laundry, I think about those kids I left in India on my recent visit and the Christmas that changed everything...now I just need to find $15,000!
Greater Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductable.