Monthly Archives: June 2011

Press Release: Group To Cycle 250 Miles Across Ohio For Non-Profit

This is a press release we sent out this morning, please feel free to forward to all relevant media and area contacts.  Thanks!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Group To Cycle 250 Miles Across Ohio For Non-Profit

Columbus, Ohio – June 30, 2011 – A small group of cyclists is planning to ride 250 miles from Richmond, IN to Wheeling, WV over the Fourth of July weekend to raise money for The Water Cycle Project.

The Water Cycle Project (www.WaterCycleProject.org) is a zero-overhead, non-profit organization that raises money to drill fresh water wells for impoverished communities in rural India.

Cyclists will make the daunting trek over the course of three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with overnight stops in West Jefferson, OH and Zanesville, OH, averaging over 80 miles each day.

The route will primarily follow Historic U.S. Route 40 from the west side of the state to the east.

For more information and to follow the tour, please visit the group’s website at www.WaterCycleProject.org.

The group is available for limited interviews and media engagements in the afternoon and evening of each cycling day. Media is encouraged to contact The Water Cycle Project for further details.

The Water Cycle Project is associated with Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City, OH for administrative support, and with Franklinton Cycle Works, a non-profit bicycle co-op in Columbus, OH, for logistical support.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with The Water Cycle Project, please contact:
Brad Pauquette
info@WaterCycleProject.org
614-441-9777

ENDS

Gearing Up For Trans-Ohio

A few of us are gearing up for Trans-Ohio this weekend.

It’ll be a fantastic 250 mile adventure.  Altogether, we’ll probably spend about 16-17 hours on the bike seat over the course of three days!

Will you help us make this a worthwhile trip by pledging to The Water Cycle Project today?  It would be fantastic if our pledge amount could break $15,000  by July 4, 2011.

That would mean that more than 3,000 people would have clean water for life on the way to them!  Could you spare $25 today to make this a reality for these wonderful people?

Please consider giving today, and as always, contact us with any questions.

See you on the road!  Check our blog and Facebook page often this weekend as we update with pictures from our Trans-Ohio trek!

Introducing The Great T-Shirt Design Contest!!

The Water Cycle Project is now introducing the Great T-Shirt Design Contest of 2011!

We’re looking for a killer t-shirt that encapsulates everything that The Water Cycle Project is, and we’d like you to design it!

Please email your entry as a .jpg or .png file to info@WaterCycleProject.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011 for a chance to win.

We’re looking for one design for one side of the shirt.  Full color is OK, but less colors is better (cheaper printing).  Two colors is better than three colors, and one color is better than two.  You get it.

Melissa and  Brad will pick the top three and post them to Facebook where they’ll be voted on.

And for the winner… A FREE T-SHIRT IN THE SIZE OF YOUR CHOICE!  Plus all those bragging rights, and that toasty warm feeling you get when you help others.  :-)

What is The Water Cycle Project in 2011?  Think Ohio, think India, think water, think women fetching water, think wells, think drilling, think… you get it.  Be funny, be poignant, be silly, be artistic… just don’t be late!

Please contact us with questions.

Questions and Answers:

Is anything required to be part of the design, like a logo or slogan?

Nope!  You can do whatever you’d like.  We use the slogan, “Well, water you waiting for?” a lot, but you can use anything you’d like, or nothing at all.

Wouldn’t you prefer vector graphics?

Sure, we’d prefer it.  But we’ve asked for a .jpg or a .png so that we don’t have to convert vector art from a half dozen different formats for previewing on our website and Facebook.  We also don’t want to exclude anyone with smaller software budgets.

Once we select a winner, we’ll work with them to either supply vector art, or convert their design for them.  So if you can build your design as a vector file, that’s fantastic, but please email us only  a .jpg or .png file.

Are designs due by the end of the day on July 15, 2011?

Yes!  Your design must be in by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 15, 2011.  Please feel free to take all day Friday to work on it.  :-)

Last Chance to Register For Trans-Ohio

Well, the time has come.  Today is your last chance to register for the 2011 Trans-Ohio Tour.

Remember, your trip fee includes all transportation, lodging, food and accommodations, as well as limited bicycle mechanical support by a certified technician.

If you’re on the fence, you can do it!  This is your chance to live an exceptional weekend.  :-)

Please contact us with any questions, or for assistance with the registration process.

Fourth of July, 2011

Imagine with me two scenarios.  We’re in the future — 10, 15, maybe 20 years down the road.  You’re sitting with someone you love.

SCENARIO 1

“Remember 4th of July 2011,” she asks you.

“Did we go to John’s that weekend?” you respond.

“No, you’re thinking of 4th of July, 2012.  Remember, it was at Stacy’s and all of the food was way overcooked.”

“No, now you’re mistaken,” you reply indignantly.  “You’re thinking of 2010.  2011 was at John’s, because Rebecca just had that baby.”

You both sit silently on the porch and take a sip of ice tea.

“No, you’re right,” you finally respond.  “It was at Stacy’s in 2011.  Why?”

SCENARIO 2

“Remember 4th of July 2011?” she asks you.

“Heck yeah!  Trans-Ohio!  That was an unbelievable weekend,” you respond.  “I still can’t believe we actually finished that.”

She laughs, you’ve told the story so many times.

“Hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” you continue.  “But I’ll never forget it.”

You both look off into the distance, vividly remembering the people and places from so long ago.

“That was a good weekend,” she says after a time.

“Yah it was.  Then remember we went to that cookout at Stacy’s on Monday,” and you both laugh.

I’ll take scenario 2, I’m just sayin’.

2011 Trans-Ohio Tour.

What I Love About Water: Goats and Greens!

Having the ability to radically change the life of a community is an incredibly joyful experience for me.  I don’t feel bad about all of the privileges and luxuries I enjoy, instead I feel exuberant and grateful for the abundance that we have to share, and so thankful that we know Pastor Stephen and have such an incredible opportunity to make a difference.

One of my favorite things about drilling village wells is that the abundance of accessible water often provides enough for animals and irrigation!

There are lots of popular programs right now to give third-world families chickens and goats and cows and things.  These are great programs, but if your village still doesn’t have a well it just means that you now have to carry water for your goat too!  :-)

The well that we drilled in Mathurampurama village provides enough daily water that the surplus can be used to irrigate up to 10 acres of land.  That’s a significant amount of land!

A village well means extra water for livestock, chickens and irrigation, which in turn means better nutrition and a higher quality of life.

Eggs, milk, meat, poultry, a variety of fresh vegetables — formerly impractical because you had to carry water, now easily sustainable and a staple of life.

It’s unbelievable!

Please share in our joy and consider making a donation to The Water Cycle Project today.  Every $1 donated goes directly to well drilling teams in India.  There are no middle men or commissions, and The Water Cycle Project has no paid staff.

Less Than Two Weeks Until Trans-Ohio!

On July 1, 2011 we’ll pull out of Richmond, Indiana on a 250 mile route all the way across Ohio on our 2011 Trans-Ohio Tour.  It’ll be an unbelievable weekend!

Please consider joining us for the weekend or just one day.  Whether you complete the course or not, I think you’ll have a good time, and your participation will provide water to impoverished people in India.

You only live once. What’ll your Fourth-of-July story be when you get back to work on the 5th?  :-)

You can also support us by making a donation today.  Remember, all donations go directly to Indian well-drilling teams, they aren’t used to fund the organization or cycling trips.

Happy riding!

Fun Facts About Water

Here’s a page full of unbelievable information about the global water crisis: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/

It’s important to note that it’s an issue of access, not of supply.  Check it out, I’ve not verified any of them, but at the least, it’s good food for thought and water.org seems to be a stand-up organization.

Please consider making a donation today. Even a small amount will have a tremendous effect on a person’s life, and the outcome of an entire village.

Thank You People of Grove City Vineyard

We just received the fund raising totals from the Grove City Vineyard for the month of May, and they raised an astonishing $8,928.50!

Thank you people of Grove City Vineyard for your generosity, Indian people will drink cleaner water and have more opportunities because of it!

A special thanks goes to Adam Gray, who was the catalyst for the Vineyard’s participation in the Walk 4 Faith at the Columbus Zoo, the source of a considerable portion of this total.  Outstanding job!

I can’t say it enough, thank you!  Great work Grove City Vineyard!

What I Love About Water: It Empowers Women

I want you to share the joy that I have for giving water.  One of my favorite things about giving water, is the effect that it has on the value of women in rural Indian society.

When it comes to gender equality, India is actually very progressive.  Check out this Wikipedia article.  The current President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil is a woman, and they even have a “Women’s Reservation Bill” which guarantees women the right to at least 33% of all seats in parliament.

Unfortunately, this enthusiasm for women’s equality in legislature is not matched in rural areas where traditional values take precedence over the unenforced national laws.  Female infanticide (killing baby girls), female illiteracy and gender bias and abuse are the norm for many parts of rural India.

The fact that a woman’s primary role is water-fetching doesn’t help.  When we provide wells to these villages, we free up women’s time and allow them to seek other opportunities.

Instead of fetching water, young women can attend school and learn to read.  Adult women can engage in some sort of craft or trade and begin contributing monetarily to their family’s needs.

Once women are literate, it’s much more likely that they’ll be aware of the protections they’re entitled to and the recourse available to them, and be able to articulate to their husbands, brother and fathers what treatment they deserve.  When they have time to participate in local politics they can begin exercising the rights their constitution grants them.

When women physically control a portion of the family’s income they now have the ability to influence their family’s spending and leave when threatened with abuse.

One of the fantastic things about drilling wells with Cornerstone Ministries and Pastor A. Stephen is that he understands the whole picture.  Not only does he provide water, but he also has a seamstress school with dormitories where young women can learn to apply their new-found time to a profitable micro-enterprise, as well as other programs.

His wonderful wife Queeny, who is also an Indian, is an important part of his ministry and it shows.

Cornerstone Ministries also operates a home for girls.  Mostly between 5 and 7 years old, many of these are girls were nearly victims of female infanticide that Pastor Stephen and Queeny have saved.  Drilling wells provides an in-road for compassion and understanding to Hindu families who would rather see their children die than grow up in a Christian home.

I am so happy that we can be a provide water for families in India.  It’s about so much more than clean water and longer lives and more free time, access to water is the very foundation of human community and it’s such an honor to play even a small role in that.

Please partner with us and consider making a donation today.  We can drill a well for $2,500 to $5,000 that will effect the lives of hundreds of families and provide permanent opportunities for hundreds of women to grow past abuse and create a new value for themselves.