This post originally appeared in April of this year. I received this e-mail from Karyn this morning;
Hi Ron - Just wanted to pass this along in case you haven’t gotten any info about it…. I am in Kenya right now, and I am posting updates of progress we are making bringing clean water to the largest slum in the world.
You can see the latest by clicking right here. I continue to salute her for efforts and dedication toward this amazing project. Go Karyn Go!
Water Does Wonders
April 9, 2008: Jerry and Teri Kohl were very proud of the inspiring heart warming message that daughter Karyn delivered to the 135 Brighton managers on their final day of the Maui retreat.
Karyn showed a slide and film presentation that made us all aware of some facts easy to ignore. Facts like children dying every 15 seconds in Africa as a result of drinking dirty water. The fact that the average American uses 150 gallons of clean water a day, while people in Kenya struggle to get 5 dirty gallons of dirty water to stay alive. We use half that much just to flush a toilet. Karyn showed us pictures of these people and what they go through to get water none of us would drink on a bet. You have to see it to believe it.
Imagine Giving This to YOUR Baby!
Karyn gave me a disc with the photos like this one, and as soon as I can figure out how to shrink them down to a size suitable for this Blog I will post them.
In the meantime you can click HERE to see Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly give you a glimpse of what it would be like in our country if we had to live this way.
Brighton to the Rescue
The answer is drilling deep enough to tap into a supply of fresh, clean drinking water. The technology exists; all that’s needed is money; about $50,000 per well. Brighton is known for giving away bottles of water in their stores, but from June 27 to July 27 it will be Brighton Charity Water and the price will be $20 with 100% of it going to well digging in Kenya.
Jerry has set a goal to dig water wells at 10 hospitals in Kenya, currently drinking dirty water. He has come out with Water. Brighton T-Shirts that you can buy.
Kazuri Beads from Kenya
While in Kenya recently the Kohl family came across a small factory making Kazuri Beads by hand.
Brighton Kazuri Bead Jewelry
Being the creative, generous guy he is, Jerry is introducing a line of Brighton Kazuri Bead jewelry to sell in the stores.
And to make it even more exiting, Jerry announced that the store managers who raise the most money through the sale of these things and donations will be sent to Kenya to watch the drilling of a well at one if the hospitals. What a great way to end a great week.
Food For Thought
Another interesting fact that Karyn gave is that it takes 2,900 gallons of water to grow enough cattle feed to make ONE HAMBURGER!!! Think about that the next time you drive by Mc Donald’s.