Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Choosing To Make A Difference

Have you ever had the sinking feeling that maybe you should make a difference? Have you reflected on your life and realized…man, I am so, so lucky!

Well, I do that all the time!

I was fortunate to be born into a good family, always had food on the table, clothes on my back, went on vacations, got a good education, got a good job, and am healthy enough to enjoy it all…I mean what more could you want ?

This feeling, just like other thoughts or emotions, comes and goes. For me it surges when I come face to face with those suffering from a disability, serious illness, or especially when I see those facing extreme poverty – especially children.

“Something must be done!” I’d say, but just like many other things eventually that sense of urgency and motivation to act would fade away, only to reemerge days, weeks, or months later.
(TAKING IN THE BEAUTY OF BALI)

TIME FOR CHANGE


I’ve met some awesome people during my time here in Bali, and one of those folks is Dustin. Or, as I like to call him “Brother Teresa” because of his selfless work that he does all of the time for those in need. In a day of age where everyone is so “me centric” broadcasting any and everything they do on Facebook or Instagram for self promotion (I am just as guilty as anyone else). This dude does the exact opposite – when he really should because unlike most of the junk out there, the things that he does truly do make a positive difference.

Talking to Dustin, it’s not uncommon to hear things like “I’m going to the Philippines to help with the Tsunami efforts” – or - “…going to the village to build a water tank this weekend”, etc…

Talk about feeling like a lazy, selfish guy! Man, I “talked” about making a difference and this guy was actually doing it!
(MY BUDDY DUSTIN HANGIN' WITH VILLAGE KIDS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON SECURING FUNDS TO BUILD WATER TANKS FOR)

TIME IS NOW


I really don’t remember how it all came to be, but after having our weekly bro lunch session last week I ended up volunteering to help with his non-profit, the Water House Project. As a one man show, he needed help with marketing and the website and with my background and desire to actually contribute to the world I couldn't let this opportunity pass so I told him, “I’M IN!”

WHAT IS THE WATER HOUSE PROJECT?


In Bali there is a real challenge in getting clean drinking water, particularly in the rural village areas. The Water House Project mission is to bring clean drinking water to the individual village families that don’t have the means to access it. Currently most villagers only have access to contaminated water and can’t afford the bottled drinking water that those with money dr
ink. 
(THIS  IS WHERE THE VILLAGE FAMILIES GET THEIR WATER FROM NOW - AN OPEN WATER TANK THAT IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO DISEASE & BACTERIA)


The great news is that for only $500 USD we can provide a solution to give that family lifetime access to clean drinking water by installing rain water collection tanks with a filter.
(THE FIRST FAMILY IN THE VILLAGE THAT RECEIVED THE WATER TANK)

WORK TO BE DONE


Since I am fresh on board I have a lot to learn, but I am really looking forward to getting involved and genuinely making a difference.

I just had a chance to 
go out to the first village that Water House Project is working with to outfit with the water tank system and the people were incredible. I must say they were some of the friendliest and giving people I have ever met – giving so much when they had so little.

I am going to have to do a separate blog entry on my trip because so much happened and it was a simply amazing experience.

Gotta run but more to come soon!

Kurt






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