We all have a story to tell about how we came to this point in our lives. Our experiences throughout life have shaped us into the people we are today. I am no different. My story is long and full of happy, yet painful moments. My journey, no matter how hard or easy at times, has taught me many valuable lessons. One lesson that it has taught me is to be thankful. I am thankful that God has cared for me by placing angels on earth that I call my friends, family, church, students, coworkers, and random strangers that have helped me navigate this thing called life.
With that being said, I’d like to give back and this has brought me to the Hope Water Project. About 7 years ago, I learned of the Pokot tribe in Kenya through my church, Kensington, and the lack of access to clean water. Women and children have to travel several miles every day, just to find water…dirty, diseased water. This made me so sad, yet thankful that I was born here where I take water for granted daily. Then I thought about the children. They are dying and are not able to go to school because they spend their days helping their moms find water. As a teacher, that was hard to hear and see. Through the years, I participated in some of the activities to bring awareness to this problem. I wore a gallon of water on my back for a week, donated money, or read books to my students about the lack of clean water in different parts of the world. I even attended several information sessions about running on the Hope Water Project team for this cause, only to find a reason why I couldn’t do the run that year.
This past March, I was on a training run for the half-marathon that I was running with my son, Jalen, for enjoyment. At one point during the run, I became very emotional and tears were streaming down my face. My heart was telling my brain that I needed to run for a purpose. Instantly, the Pokot came to my mind and I was out of excuses. I mean, I was only in that kind of physical shape because others cared enough about me to help me get my health back. So it’s my turn. I am going to run the Detroit Half-Marathon this October for a purpose. I am asking for your help. I would like to raise $1,000.00 to help build a well that will bring a Pokot community clean water, which will allow children to go to school, less sickness, mothers to have more time with their kids, and hope to a group of people that need it.
Thank you in advance for helping me reach this goal. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated.