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Successful Fundraiser for Water Filters in Laos!
Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram would like to thank all of you for your very generous donations to Cambodia and Laos this spring and fall. We have now raised over $58,000.00 for our five Cambodia schools and other outreach programmes in Cambodia and OVER $41,000.00 for Laos (Adopt A Village in Laos) for the purchase of water filters. We are thrilled and cannot thank you enough. The money goes such a long way in these countries.
Did you know? On On September 23rd. Patti Lee gave a presentation on Zoom, along with Steve Rutledge, President and Founder of Adopt A Village In Laos, followed by a lecture from Barbara Seagram.
Without a water filter, the villagers have to boil their water (did you know that even if you boil the water, it would have to be re-boiled later on in the day or it becomes contaminated again).
A water filter is provided for every family in the village and a lesson on sanitation/hygiene.
The filters last for over 12 years with very little care and maintenance.
NOTE: A tax deductible receipt will be issued for donations of $30.00 or more..
To get a real sense of what goes on in a village on a daily basis, one of our volunteers, Massimo, who comes each year from Italy to help on the ground, produced this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1GQ4r19j_4
Do hope you can take the time to watch this.
Here is Steve Rutledge, who created Adopt A Village in Laos, volunteering on the ground. This is a shot of a typical water filter distribution day where Steve is showing the villagers how the water filter works. The filters last for over 12 years with very little care and maintenance.
Also in the picture is his wonderful assistant, Siphan, who is from Laos and carries on the work for Steve when he is not there.
Watch another video as Steve educates the recipients receiving a water filter - Hygiene Lesson Laos March 2016. (Steve speaks english in the video)
Patti Lee & Barbara Seagram visited Laos for the first time in 2012. The remote villages of Laos have never recovered from the 'Secret' war of the 1960s. Laos has the dubious distinction of being the most bombed country, per capita, in history. While rich in culture and tradition, their education, healthcare and hygiene conditions are severely lacking.
The average lifespan is only 56 years and average age is only 20.8, caused by poor quality water, poor hygiene and general poverty. BUT with your help we have already made a difference in the lives of thousands of villagers.
Steve Rutledge is a volunteer on the ground in Laos four months of the year. He is from Port Hope and has received many humanitarian awards for his work in Laos.
Here are some of his accomplishments to date:
There are many other projects that he is involved in: i.e. building fences around compounds to keep the water buffalo out, furnishing a huge education centre (where they train teachers), bought 52 bicycles for school kids, school supplies, provided critical funding to those who could not afford to go to the hospital and more.
View where these projects are done! You will be able to zoom out, zoom into to each village including Sandluangnoi, right down to the structures. You will note that this is not an easy village to get to, especially in the pouring rain.in fact you cannot travel by muddy road in the rain. Also, many of the villages have pictures - By clicking on the picture, one can use the arrow on the right of the screen to see additional pictures in the village. Thanks to Beau Brennen in New Westminster, British Columbia for the endless volunteer hours he has put into this project.
Read more about Steve's latest projects on the Adopt a Village in Laos Blog
This faraway land captured Patti's and my heart in 2012. You will hear more in a later newsletter about Laos but let me first tell you about this year's adventure. Steve Rutledge is the volunteer who heads up the NGO Adopt A Village in Laos and spends many months on the ground here. He hails from Port Hope, ON. He arranged for us to head north of Luang Prabang to a couple of very remote villages. We set off in a van and travelled two hours to a village where we would overnight in a guest house, a nice new one. The next day, a flatbed truck arrived to take us to the village. "Roads" were to be difficult so we needed a truck. They did not exaggerate. We loaded up the truck with 10 cases of Beer Lao as the villagers love a good party. They distill their own whiskey also: Whiskey Lao. 100% alcohol!! Continued...
Patti and Barbara's big thrust is for water filters for the villages of Laos. Each one costs $125.00CDN ($100.00USD).
To receive a filter, they must take a basic hygiene & sanitation course from Steve.
If you would like to become involved and to help the people of rural Laos help themselves lead a more fulfilling life, please complete the Donation form and send it along with your cheque made payable to Adopt A Village in Laos to:
8 South Kingslea Drive,
Toronto, ON M8Y 2A3
Official Tax Receipts will be issued. Please help... we cannot do this alone!
Adopt A Village In Laos, Charity Registration # 83699 1000 RR0001
When one village was asked how many people had dysentery (diarrhea) in the past year, 300 hands (all) went up.
Six months later, after the water filters were installed, 2 hands went up.