Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wine to Water tasting - August 21, 2012 - Ms. Deb

Wine To Water tasting - August 21st, 2012 - Hosted by Ms. Deb
Wine To Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. Wine To Water was a dream that became a reality in the beginning of 2004. We held our first fundraiser in Raleigh, North Carolina in February of 2004 to see if in fact it was an idea that people would respond to. The concept was originally to put on benefit wine events, such as tastings, then use all of the money raised to support water projects around the world. The first fundraiser was a great success. With its success, and others to follow, came a confidence that Wine to Water would continue to grow as an organization. As a result, wine tastings became just one of many ways that we raise awareness and support for the global water crisis. We have worked to provide clean water and sanitation in many countries including Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Haiti.
"I chose a project and want to set a goal to raise enough money to build a well in Cambodia.
In Cambodia, Wine To Water partners with a local community based organization called Kone Kmeng. We have drilled over 150 wells in provinces throughout Cambodia, including the poorest region of Svay Riegn. In December of 2008 we purchased a drill rig made of local parts and began drilling an average of 4 wells every month. Nine months later, in September 2009, we increased our capacity to 16 wells per month. The average depth for these wells is between 90 and 100 feet. When we first started this project the typical cost for a well in Cambodia was about $2,500. By making our own hand-pumps using local materials and utilizing local workers to drill the wells we were able to get the cost down to $500 per well.
Deb originally posted:  "I hope that we can raise $500! I think if each TWIT donates $10 and finds 2 or 3 people to donate $10 we have our very own well!!"

    Well guess what ?!?

We raised OVER $ 500
And the icing on the cake, is that we were able to donate the money, using a corporate matching program with one of our members, and DOUBLE it! 
So that's TWO water wells the TWITs will be funding in Cambodia. 
For more information on Wine to Water, watch these Video Clips:
  1. TEDxAsheville  (approx 20 mins)- Doc Hendley - Extraordinarily Ordinary - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IW1gankbM
  2. 2010 update on Doc Hendley from CNN (2 mins) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjy0OHVfsk
  3. Doc Hendley - Founder and President of Wine To Water – CNN Heroes (2 mins)-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esjYt62JMD4
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