An Update on our Water Campaign

Remember this post & campaign?  I was blown away by all of the support that came in for Scout & Nimble’s clean water campaign through charity: water and I don’t know a better time of year to reiterate a HUGE thank you to all of you who donated, prayed, and made a difference.

You wanna know where our money is right now??? Map highlighting Ethiopia and Nepal

That’s right! I just got an update from charity: water and they are putting our dollars to work on water projects in Ethiopia & Nepal.  We will know more details of exactly where our funds went within these countries down the road…remember we are still fairly early in our journey.

 

You are currently at the 3-6 months step in the 18 month process
0-3 MONTHS
We send
your money
to the field.
3-6 MONTHS
Our partners
get permits,
supplies, pick
sites & begin
the work.
6-9 MONTHS
Our partners
collect midterm
reports & send
us the
information.
9-12 MONTHS
Our partners
finish the work
& train the
communities to
manage their
water point.
12-15 MONTHS
Our partners
collect final
photos, GPS
& community
information.
15-18 MONTHS
We receive
completion reports,
verify the data,
assign your dollars
to projects & send
you your report.

 

One of the reasons I choose to work through charity: water is that 100% of public donations are used to fund clean water projects.  (All the overhead costs are covered by foundations, sponsors, and donors who choose to help with operational funding.)  So that means all the money we raised back in March goes directly into the field.  It’s pretty amazing.  I’ll definitely keep you up to date as I hear more.  And if you want to see what charity: water is all about, you can learn more about their mission here!

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Funny thing called fear

Fear is such a funny thing, isn’t it?  It can prevent you from doing pretty incredible things.  Wow…never in a million years did I think that I would be blogging about fear?  I mean…what???

Well, here is the thing.  A little over 5 years ago, I had said that I wanted to help fund a well to provide clean safe drinking water to those who need it.  I said it…I put it out there and then I started to logically think about how I was going to get this done.  And I froze…I did nothing because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to raise enough money…I was nervous that I wouldn’t hit the goal, that people wouldn’t care and I would fail.   It’s totally crazy, right?  I’m almost embarrassed to admit that because I never realized that this issue is so not about me!?!

Now, here I am, 5 years older wiser, and I have decided to quit thinking and just do  because people need help.  I’m not going to worry about the logistics of it all or how in the world we are going to raise $10,000, which could fund wells for two communities and help over 500 people gain access to clean, safe drinking water…I just have faith that people will care, I have faith that people will help, & I have faith that we can make a difference and change this world of ours.  $20 is all it takes to provide one person access to clean drinking water.  charity: water is a wonderful organization and 100% of public donations directly fund water projects in developing countries.  They are one of only a few organizations that provide the proof as well…giving GPS coordinates of your funded project.
I have created a Scout & Nimble campaign page  (you can also get there by clicking on the baby bottle image above) to spread the word and track our progress.  Please go there.  Please donate.  Please spread the word.  $20 can buy you a lot of things, but it can also change one person’s life.  It can give that person the access to clean water.  The most basic human need for just $20.  Do it because it’s necessary.  Share it because it’s necessary.  And maybe just maybe by helping to change someone else’s life, you will also bring more beauty to yours.

The goal is a large one…one that cannot be accomplished by a single person, but rather by a group of individuals who share a greater vision, a finer spirit of hope, and choose to enrich this world around us.  I created Blogging to Better series because I am still under the impression that together we can create an impact, make a difference and change the world on a daily basis.  Won’t you join me?  Click here to make a difference today.

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“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” – Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

PS…I’ve included this video just to show how many people all over the world go without clean water.  You can also see more videos about charity: water by clicking here.

Blogging to Better…Wow!

Just wanted to say WOW and THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to this edition of Blogging to Better.

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**Click the picture above for more information on the series of Blogging To Better**

There is still time to donate items (bottles, pacifiers, hats, scarves, pajamas, hairbows, sippy cups) this week so either email me or leave a comment so I can know to expect your donation!  I am going to drop everything off to Rainbow House on Friday, December 9th, so I would love to have everything collected by Thursday evening.

My goal was to collect 200 items to take to the children and we have over 100 so far and that doesn’t include the 60 hairbows that I made for the girls.  So, we are almost there!  Pass this along to anyone who would be willing to help.  Just picking up a package of pacifiers during your next trip to the grocery store would be a tremendous help!  The whole idea behind Blogging to Better is to show people that it is sometimes just that little something extra that can go such a long way.  Instead of spending $4 on that grocery store coffee, you could pick up a sippy cup and help out an organization like Rainbow House.  Even if you decided to take that $4 and buy a couple of flowers…they sell the most beautiful hydrageas at Hy-Vee for less than 4 buckaroos…then you could go brighten someone’s day…give it to a stranger or to a friend who is having a rough day/time/week. I promise you it will make a difference not only in that persons day, but it can literally change their outlook on life.  I really want to show people that you can still make a difference & impact a person’s life without spending a ton of money.  So, thank you so much to those of you who have donated items already…I truly appreciate it so much and I know Rainbow House and the children there will be so thrilled to receive these items as well!

Holy Hairbows

No, I am not saying these hairbows are holy…I’m saying it more like Holy Cow Batman!  Look at all these hairbows!  

I knew that I wanted to make the girls at Rainbow House some really special hairbows as part of my Blogging to Better series.

To read more about Blogging to Better or to get involved, please click here.  For this edition, I am trying to help Rainbow house here in Columbia accumulate bottles, binkys and bows.  When I called, they had mentioned that those were some items that they were in desperate need of.  So, this gave me the perfect opportunity to test out all those flower tutorials that I had seen online!  Plus, the fact that I have two boys and never get to buy fun girly things made this project even more fun.

I must say, I went a little overboard, but did I mention that I have the some very special little girls in my life, too, that I love making things for.  So, Sarah, shield your eyes unless you want to know what Bea will be getting from us for Christmas…wait, what am I thinking???  I know you are going to look.

I followed the tutorial that the amazingly talented Emily posted here and here.  It was honestly so easy and so cheap, too!  I think for all the clips, fabric, beads, and ribbon, I spent less than $15.  And I am so excited to drop these off at Rainbow House for all the little girls.

And of course, I just had to test them out and I knew Oliver wouldn’t mind…

Isn’t the clip so cute???  Sorry for the blurry & grainy pics.  He was dancing to Party Rock Anthem…his favorite.  He constantly walks toddles over to the ipod and points, yells and rocks from foot to foot indicating that he wants to dance.  I would say that we listen to that song probably a good 50 times a day…totally.not.kidding.  It’s either that or Run DMC’s Christmas in Hollis.   That face he is making in the first picture is in fact a smile…he does it all the time and it is so crazy because my parents have pictures of me making the same face.  Here is a photo from my childhood…sorry it’s not super clear-it was in a frame.

Funny, huh.

I followed the tutorials pretty much exactly except for the fabric flowers, I made my biggest square 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches instead of the 3 x 3.  Here are some other flower tutorials that I am wanting to try.

These would make great stocking stuffers, gifts or really they would just be fun to give.  It would even be fun to have a little night in with some girlfriends and make these while sipping on some nice wine!  Holla!  Why yes, I did just said HOLLA!!!  And you know what, just raise the roof while your at it, too?!?  Just so you know I’m laughing so hard right now….aren’t you glad that you are getting to know my humor?

Blogging to Better: Bottles, Bows, & Binkys

I’ve decided to create a new lil series here on Scout & Nimble…Blogging to Better.

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You see, when I started this blog it was more or less to capture our family’s little moments in time and to record our crazy life together.  Then I found that, since I always have a few fifty projects going on at once, Scout & Nimble became a good motivator to get those items scratched off my “to do” list and it’s been so much fun sharing them with all of you.  And if it happens to inspire someone else to do something outside their “comfort zone”, to tackle a project that they had stalled out on, or to help them learn something new about themselves, then I would be pleased as punch.  You can now picture me doing a happy dance.

One thing I want people to take away from this blog is to think “outside” of their day to day life and start finding time to do more for themselves.  I believe that it is so important to be passionate about something…to find a hobby, and to make enough time to do the things that you love, the things that fill your cup, the things that make you happy.  I think too many times, people can give and give and never make time for themselves, especially if they have dependents, whether it is children or parents.   I want to inspire people to go out and find what they are passionate about, whether it is sewing, writing, running, whatever!  I know you have heard that when you take care of yourself, you will be able to give so much more to others, which brings me back to Blogging to Better.
Blogging to Better is a new series that I have added to Scout & Nimble.  It will be a place dedicated to help raise awareness on certain issues, to give back to others and encourage & highlight people that are doing the same, and many other humanitarian efforts.  I am really passionate about giving to others in ways that don’t necessarily include a ton of money…things that are doable for everyone regardless of income.

I know times are tight for many and I get phone calls all the time asking for donations for organizations that are really wonderful.  Oh, how I wish that I could give to everyone…but we all know that sometimes we just don’t have the means to do that.  So, I want to encourage you just to do that little something extra that doesn’t necessarily involve giving a huge monetary donation.  I called Rainbow House here in Columbia, Missouri last week to see what items they could really use right now.  Their mission is to keep children safe and to support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect.  Rainbow House has a team approach to ending child abuse in Mid-Missouri.  This is facilitated by many services, which include the Children’s Emergency Shelter, Regional Child Advocacy Center, Homeless Youth Program and Clinical Programs.  You can read more about each of these services here. As of right now, they could really use bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, little girl bows and headbands, hats for their little ones, scarves and hats for the older kids and pajamas.  So, here is what I am asking.  Next time you are at the store and you walk by one of the areas that is filled with the above items, grab one to donate.  It will not only make you feel good, but it will make such a difference, even if it is just one pacifier.  Such a little thing can make a difference.  And any of you crafters, sewers, or knitters out there…handmade bows, headbands, hats, scarves, pajamas would be wonderful as well! The children would LOVE it!  Such simple items…yet they can make a child feel so special.  The children range in age from newborns to teens.

I will be collecting these items for the next three weeks and my goal is to drop everything off by December 10th.  So, if you would like to help:

* Please leave a comment below or email me at jessebodine@hotmail.com so I can know to expect your items.  I am working on getting a p.o. box set up and will post the address as soon as I know it!

* Make sure to include your business card and/or contact info so that I can include you in the final list of participants.

And you don’t have to live in Columbia to participate!  However, if you would rather give to your local community, I encourage you to do so!  It is so simple to make some phone calls to local agencies that you are passionate about in order to see what you can do.  Then get your friends together & make it happen.  I would love to hear back from any of you who decide to take on this challenge and highlight your efforts in this new series!  We all can create an impact, make a difference and together change the world.

Please grab this button in my sidebar and add it to your sidebar or blog posts to display the Blogging to Better badge! It will show you are participating and help spread the word! Let’s do it!