Organized by: Brooke Bauer
The Marshall Islands is a place that is very dear to our family. In Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, there is a family that we love very much and we want to help them out. They currently live in a one room house made of plywood and corrugated tin. The house is not water tight, they have a dirt floor, no furniture, no mattress, no running water and no toilet. They would like to build a solid, timber, house for their family. All of the money raised will go directly to the family and will only be used on building the house.
The father in the family has a steady job driving a local taxi. The entire family helps by catching fish in the lagoon and they then sell or eat what they catch. They are hard working people who are helping to support their extended family as well as their own but life on Majuro is difficult. The island is small, often polluted, and overpopulated. According to UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation it is estimated that 31 babies out of every 1000 don't make it past their first birthday. In the U.S. the number is about 6 out of 1000. And according to the WHO, life expectancy on the islands is only about 58 years old. Because of rising sea levels Majuro often floods in high tide. Most recently in March of this year King Tides, extremely high tides caused by storm surges, demolished hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of people in Majuro. It was the homes like the one we are trying to replace that were destroyed. A permanent structure would help the family as the islands continue to be one of the most affected by climate change.
The quote for the materials for the house is $2,273.17 and we would like to raise $1,000 to buy basic furnishings. Any amount will help this family. If you are unable to donate at this time perhaps you can help out by spreading the word. Share this on your Facebook or Twitter page, email it to friends, ask your church to spread the word. If you would like we can send you a fundraising packet. Together we can help this family take their first steps out of poverty. Thank you!