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Here’s a fast and simple way for you to help make a difference to the fantastic programs around the world that Village Volunteers supports.  Facebook and Chase are having a competition and will award $20,000 to the 200 charities that get the most votes.  We’re currently in the top 200, but need your help to keep us there.  Please take just a minute to vote.  Thank you so much for your help.

http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving

Search for Village Volunteers and click on the first one in the results (Seattle).  You’ll click on the green box to get started and vote.  At some point a box pops up where you have to click on “like” and the “close”.  This is not the vote.  You can then vote for Village Volunteers and click on Share With Friends to post it to your Facebook page.  Again, thank you for your support.  It really just takes a minute.

http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving

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For those of you who have ever thought about volunteering abroad, know someone who wants to volunteer abroad, or simply want to support an organization doing great work abroad, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about Village Volunteers.  Village Volunteers, the organization that I went through for this Kenya trip, is a Seattle-based non-profit that partners with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) all over the world.

Shana Greene Dormitory

Shana Greene Dormitory

If you’ve read my posts on Emmanuel’s school in the Maasai Mara or Joshua’s Common Ground for Africa, which is a school, bio-intensive farming training facility, and water filter plant, then you already know about some of the terrific programs that Village Volunteers supports.  They also work with programs in the fields of healthcare, economic development, women’s empowerment, childcare, and more.

Village Volunteers works with these programs in two ways.  The first is to send international volunteers like me to work with CBOs on specific projects or to provide general assistance.  All the marketing work I’ve done for the water filter project in Kiminini was a direct result of the partnership between Village Volunteers, Common Ground for Africa, and the Kenya Ceramic Project.  The second way Village Volunteers supports these organizations is to help them find funding sources through grants or connections to private donors.  Many of these amazing organizations simply wouldn’t be able to survive or flourish without the help of Village Volunteers.

Recognition of Shana and Village Volunteers

Recognition of Shana and Village Volunteers

To give you an idea of how much these global programs appreciate the help of Village Volunteers, Joshua from Common Ground for Africa told me that he named one if his daughters after Shana Greene, the Executive Director of Village Volunteers.  There’s also a Shana Greene Dormitory, and Emmanuel’s primary school publically recognizes both Shana and Village Volunteers.  I’ve personally been so impressed with the quality of the people and program that I recently joined the board of directors of Village Volunteers.

If you have any interest in either volunteering internationally, volunteering domestically to support Village Volunteers, or supporting Village Volunteers financially, please visit www.VillageVolunteers.org for more information or you can e-mail me at jeremy@villagevolunteers.org.

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The Common Ground Family

The Common Ground Family

Due to a minor scheduling change, it turns out I’m leaving Kiminini tomorrow morning.  I’ll be traveling to the Masai Mara for four days before heading back to Nairobi for several days.  I likely won’t have internet access until Wednesday or Thursday, but make sure to check back in to see pictures of the Masai village and my short photo safari.  I will also have some very interesting updates to share on the water kiosk project.

I want to thank Joshua, Mama Sandra, and the entire family here at Common Ground of Africa for making this an incredible experience.  I’m excited to continue on with the rest of the trip, but I’m incredibly sad to leave.  I look forward to working with the water filter team as they prepare to launch the filters in the market, and I very much look forward to visiting Kiminini and Common Ground again soon. To learn more about Common Ground for Africa, check out http://www.villagevolunteers.org/common_ground/common_ground.php.

I’ll be posting some additional pictures to Flickr later today, so be sure to check back soon.

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My name is Jeremy Farkas and I will be traveling to Kiminini, Kenya from April 21 – June 2 to work on an initiative  promoting broad access to clean water.  I’ll be working with a local organization called Common Ground for Africa.  CGA has developed a plant to create ceramic point-of-use water filters dipped in colloidal silver that removes ~99.9% of harmful bacteria and viruses.  I was introduced to CGA through a fantastic seattle-based non-profit called Village Volunteers.

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