Welcome to the Strides for Africa campaign page. A combination of images observed on one Sunday afternoon across rural Ethiopia in 2009 forever changed our lives and started a journey to make a difference to better the lives of those less fortunate in Africa.
In 2009, my family traveled to Ethiopia to bring our adopted son home. On that trip, we made a life changing trip through rural Ethiopia and realized the challenges associated with obtaining water each and every day for the rural African population. Can you imagine walking up to six miles a day to obtain just 4-5 gallons of dirty water for your families use? Upon our return we were very determined to help in changing the lives for not only folks in Ethiopia but also in other African nations. We were very fortunate to find a great foundation that was committed to changing lives in Ethiopia. Water to Thrive is run by amazing people dedicated to changing lives through the gift of clean water. Why water? Our most basic necessity as humans is water. If women and children don’t have to put the time and energy to retrieve dirty water each day, and instead obtain water from a clean source at a closer distance, it will give families in rural Africa the ability to have less concern over water borne disease. It allows women more freedom to be farmers, raise their children, and be entrepreneurs. It gives children the opportunity to attend school. Our primary fund-raising event is a 5K run/walk in Madison, Wisconsin. On Friday evening August 12, 2016, we will have 7th annual event. For more information about this event see www.stridesforafrica.org. This event kicks off Africa Fest 2016 as part of Madison Central Park Sessions. For more information on Africa Fest, see www.africanassociationofmadison.org Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 for a water project in southern Ethiopia. We thank you for consideration of a donation to help in making an impact for this truly special humanitarian cause, and we look forward to sharing the results of our campaign with you!
Employer Matching Gift Program
This gift is a match for a 2015 donation from an anonymous supporter - thank you.