Remember my fun blogging friend, Amanda (aka OhAmanda with the cute pixie hair), who invited me to be a part of the Little Praise blogging tour for Yancy? Well, Amanda always has great God-sized ideas for helping parents impress God's love on the hearts of their children (things like Truth in the Tinsel...).
This newest idea of hers is fabulous. Truly.
Each month this year she will highlight a different service project families can do together. Last month, Erin from Home with the Boys hosted the Nickels for Nets project. Her boys collected enough nickels to purchase 10 mosquito nets to protect children in Africa from contracting Malaria. So cool!
I'm thrilled to share Paper for Water as the March Monthly Mission.
I love the family behind this ministry (not just because of our awesome carpooling situation...). (If you don't remember their story...read this article from Yahoo Finance: Little Sisters, Big Hearts & Incredible Charity. or watch this video with your kiddos:)
Basically Isabelle & Katherine learned to fold orgami from their father who is half-Japanese. Around the same time they learned about the water crisis in the world...
"11% of the world's population do not have safe water to drink and coupled with poor sanitation, this results in 4,000 children dying every day." (wateraidamerica.org)
They heard about little girls in Africa and India who spent time hauling water instead of playing and going to school. In wanting to help in some way, they started folding origami ornaments and selling them, donating the money to Living Water International.
When we met the Adams sisters they had raised $17,000 to build 3 wells. In the past year, (with the help of a very generous matching donor) these girls have raised over a hundred thousand dollars to build water wells. Very, very cool.
What inspires me is their focus on this project. Spending hours during the week and weekends folding origami ornaments, teaching others to fold and spreading the word about the need for water around the world, choosing service over self.
Like Erin wrote last month, "Monthly Missions are all about teaching our kiddos to do the “hard things.” Serving, giving, making a difference for those who are in need."
And yes the Adams girls are receiving awards and meeting ambassadors and making television appearances, but they are also giving up some of their comfort and conveniences to save lives across the globe. They found there is great joy in serving others.
If your family would like to join us in helping out Paper for Water, here are the weekly project ideas/challenges for March:
1st week: Go through your craft supplies and collect paper to donate. Then Isabelle & Katherine (and their helpers) can fold the paper into ornaments. The ideal origami paper comes in squares of 3x3, 4x4, or 6x6. (no card stock or tissue paper; patterns welcomed).
2nd week: Go through your jewelry box or craft supplies and collect beads or charms the girls can add to hang on the origami ornaments (see examples of charms below).
3rd week: It's World Water Day on March 22nd. This week any time you would normally spend money on a soda/coke/pop/icedtea/coffee, consider saving that money & donating it to Living Water International (make checks payable to Living Water International...send to address below).
4th week: The Adams girls used their talent of folding origami to help others. Brainstorm with your children what gifts/talents/resources you could use to help others. For example, I thought my boys could make duct tape wallets to sell and give the proceeds to Living Water International. Or maybe since it's spring cleaning time, have a garage sale and donate the money. Be creative!
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
Mail your donations (paper/beads/charms & checks made out to Living Water International) to: Paper For Water P.O. Box 720999, Dallas, TX 75372-0999.
Let's help provide water to the thirsty through our few simple gifts!