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2018 Clean Water Project in India – Meet the Team!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Later this month, Shana Nunez, Tara Odell, Scarlett James, and Angelica Gonzalez, in partnership with For One Another and Hope Abides, will travel to India to distribute water filters and check on our ongoing projects. We’re so excited to provide this update, written by Shana, on their fundraising efforts over the past few months, and will be posting more updates while they are on their travels!

 

Meet the team:

Shana Nunez – Shana is a digital nomad and owner of WanderBird Productions, working in video production and motion graphics. She is a proud auntie to four nieces and three nephews and a fur-baby momma to 4 dogs. Shana traveled on behalf of For One Another and with the Hope Abides team to India in 2014 where she worked to distribute water filters ad identify future projects. She’s passionate about helping support For One Another and their clean water project efforts and is looking forward to returning to India and seeing the beautiful faces in the orphanage again.

 

 

 

Tara Odell – Tara works in commercial banking and is a mother of three – from 16 years to 11 months! In addition to her schedule with a full-time job and as a busy mom, she volunteers her time locally and is an active member in her community and church. She’s an eager traveler and chicken caretaker. She and her husband Jeff are excited to support these projects in both the orphanage and the areas in need of clean water.

 

 

 

 

Scarlett James – Scarlett is thirteen, in 7th grade and is an avid flute player and active in cheer at school. This summer she became a Youth Ambassador for Hope Abides and kicked off her India fundraising with a “Lemonade for India” stand this summer and she continues to help raise funds by selling and making baked good and helping with garage sales. She is looking forward in particular to meeting the children at the orphanage and is excited to share some love. Tara is Scarlett’s momma and they are looking forward to volunteering together in India.

 

 

 

Angelica Gonzalez – Angelica is also in banking and a mother of three. She’s a passionate ultra runner and yearly organizes a fundraising event for type one diabetes – which her son suffers from – and where she runs 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for the disease. She’s passionate about volunteering and it’s a family affair – with her husband and children joining the efforts for the races she runs in support of local causes.

 

 

Fundraising Projects:

The team has been hard at work fundraising over the last several months. Through efforts supported by others we’ve run a lemonade stand, a bake sale and a garage sale. We received donations of furniture – and even a vehicle – that we sold, with all proceeds going toward the projects. All told, to date we’ve have raised over $5,300!

Incredibly, thanks to assistance from a friend and through her company, we expect that these funds will be matched, doubling our efforts!

But we aren’t resting yet! With some time left on the clock we are squeezing in a “Holiday Tamales” sale. Angelica and her mother will be leading us through the tamale making process and we hope to work together to sell lots of tamales and raise more money toward the cause!

 

 

The Trip:

The day after Christmas we will be departing bright and early with flights taking us to India. We will be focusing our efforts in two areas that Shana visited in 2014 and that Hope Abides and For One Another continue to partner with.

After arriving in New Delhi we will travel to Thrisshur in the state of Kerala. This is an area that was hit by significant flooding during the monsoon season this year. There we will meet with Father Joy, who is part of an organization called KESS  that supports the local area with ongoing projects and relief efforts. They also promotes women’s empowerment and provides women with safe workplaces and ways to support their families.

For One Another is providing 100 water filters for this area, which we will be distributing. With much of the distribution focused on women in their ongoing projects, the filters go to families with children and elderly who are at particular risk of diseases from water born illnesses, especially during this time following the flooding.
In Kerala, we are also working on the installation of a bore well supported by For One Another and are working on receiving quotes for the work needed. More updates to come shortly about this particular part of the project!

Father Joy says the following about the support:

“The requirement for your water filters and water based project are indeed, the need of the hour. The water filters that you distributed last time have been extremely useful. The beneficiaries comprising of HIV affected as well as single mothers in a our stabilizer units, are thankful for the useful gift which saved their families from unhygienic and unhealthy components of water. There are still poor people in our projects who require these filters to avail safe drinking water.
…The flood calamity has indeed created a lot of despair to the people in our state and KESS is deeply involved in flood relief and rehabilitation works presently. Surely, this support comes at the right time. We require all the support possible to help the flood-affected.”

We will be in that area for three days and in addition to distributing new filters, hope to visit those who have received them in the past to ensure they are still enjoying the benefits of them and see if they need any support.

On January 2nd we will travel to our second project location – the town of Vellatur in the state of Andrha Pradesh, where we will stay at the orphanage run by Pastor Ratnam and his organization, Mission for the Rural People. There we will spend time with the children of the orphanage and visit the new site of the water project we are funding in a local village and sister orphanage. A water filtration system and bore well will be installed at Brooke Orphanage for the whole village to use. Brooke is in the village of Thappalakatta and they do not have access to clean drinking water. The bore well and filtration system will be a huge blessing for both Brooke orphanage and the village. This project will be funded through the money we’ve raised over the last few months.

In addition to the orphanage water project, we’ll be supporting the new building for the boys at the Vellatur orphanage. The current building has large cracks in the wall and the roof is starting to cave in, making it no longer safe for the boys to sleep there. Whatever funds we have after the water project will go toward this project. While visiting the orphanage there we will continue to develop the relationship with Pastor Ratnam and look for potential future projects in area rural communities. We are looking forward to our trip and are staying busy with fundraising and preparations. We are excited to continue to share how the support is changing lives in India!


Ecuador 2016: Guest Post by Anna Morrison

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Anna Morrison has been a huge supporter and helper of For One Another, and in February of 2016, she took her second trip representing our foundation (her first trip was several years ago to Uganda).  Here, Anna gives us a quick account of her experience:

In February of this year we made our annual trip to Ecuador, this time taking with us over 80 filters, more than we’ve been able to bring on one trip previously! With only two of us and a two bag per person limit, our packing abilities were tested. Nevertheless, we made it to Ecuador, breezed through customs and were on our way the following morning from Quito to Tena in the Napo province of Ecuador. As always our partners at MAP International had already selected, prepared and scheduled our visits with the communities they’ve been working with.

Although access to safe drinking water is improving throughout Ecuador, the majority of rural communities still rely on contaminated water from nearby rivers, waterfalls and rainwater collected from the roofs of their homes. As a result, malnourishment is rampant coinciding with fevers, diarrhea, headaches and coughs. On this trip we visited four communities, two of which had received filters previously and we followed up with their progress.

Pictured below is Delia Genoveva Chimbo Shiguango from the Tamia Unku community, about 2 hours deep into the jungles of Tena. She’s the mother of 8 children who frequently suffer from diarrhea due to the quality of the water from their local waterfall. Delia’s new water filtration system will drastically improve the quality of her life and the lives of her growing family.

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As Anna stated, Delia’s is just one of many families that FOA was able to provide a filter to, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.  Your help matters, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Big thanks to Anna for all that you do and for taking time to write for us!

Anna and Carrie after giving donated clothes to orphans in Quito. When they brought the bag of clothes out, the kids tore through them with excitement and were so proud to wear them.

Anna and Carrie after giving donated clothes to orphans in Quito. When they brought the bag of clothes out, the kids tore through them with excitement and were so proud to wear them.


A Look Back at 2014!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

As I look back at the past year I wanted to share a little bit of my heart with you all and let you know how proud I am of our foundation and the work that is being accomplished. First off, thank you to all of our amazing supporters, board members and volunteers as this work would not be possible without you. Thank you so much!
January 2014 – Ecuador – Over 800 people were provided clean drinking water through filters. Our main focus was children in schools and communities. A huge thank you to Meghan Wood and Nicole Tarwater for their humanitarian aid service on this mission and their efforts in fundraising.0otWcE4-lEhiOvsoOGBf1wGlm18ohJo5D0IBj3qrzJQ,WMQfvuYDz9z3dT7Ml2UNqrVL1maGYXWdBHSwJrz-Hys
June 2014 – Taste of Loomis event – Thank you to all of our FOA volunteers, sponsors, attendees and all who made this event possible. A special thanks to Shannon Payton our coordinator of this event, Priscilla Bowin our marketer and Meghan Wood our committee chair.
July 2014 – Uganda, Africa – We served approximately 600 people while we were there with filters and a new sand dam will be built this January for the funds raised from Taste of Loomis. The Sand Dam that we built in 2013 had been completed and we were so inspired to see it not only successfully finished but working so well for the direct community and surrounding communities. We are so grateful to see the success of one of our largest projects and to see it help so many people and change lives in big ways.Completed-Sand-Dam-5-rot-cntrst
August 2014 – Kenya, Africa – 200 filters were distributed in the most needed regions in Kenya. We worked not only in the slums of Nairobi but in the needed areas around Kisumu. Over 2000 people’s lives were impacted by this trip. A huge thanks to Pamela Boehle-Silva for her work in fundraising and her passion to continue helping the women, children, orphans and sick in Kenya.photo 4(11)
October 2014 – India – Thank you Shana Nunez for being so brave in volunteering to go and serve in India. We were able to provide 40 filters which were used primarily in orphanages and in the slums of India. Shana was overwhelmed by the needs in some of the areas that she traveled to on this trip and she urges our foundation to continue to make an impact in India as their need for clean water and hope is so great.

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October 2014 – Cattlemens Fundraiser – Thank you to all who attended this event. We were able to provide 50 kids new shoes and socks for the new “Shoes for Sanitation’ program. Thanks to all who were a part of this. I was so moved to do something for these children when we were working in the slums of Kenya and I saw the need for such simple sanitation methods. I know these shoes will be a huge blessing for the sweet kids there.0807_KOGOLE_SAND_DAM_WORK_DAY1_7625_zps608305b5
October 2014 – Kayli Carlson hosted a Zumba fundraiser for “Clean Water” in Vermont. She raised well over $500 dollars which will provide 50 people clean water to drink. You rock Kayli!!! Did I mention that she is 11? This is so amazing!
I am grateful to see that we are continuing to impact people’s lives around the globe. Whether it saves a life, changes someones life, gives a person hope, eases someones pain or makes a child smile, we will move forward in making this world a better place. I want to thank everyone who continues to support us.
Stay tuned for our plans for 2015!!! It’s going to be a great year ahead! – Carrie Beth

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From Haiti to Uganda

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Today I get to write about a very special person.  Her name is Paola Chanes-Mora

 

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I first met Paola in Haiti for relief efforts in 2010.  We were there 5 months after the earthquake that occurred on January 12th 2010.  The earthquake took approximately 160,000 people’s lives and effected over 3 million people in the areas region.  We had partnered together with Iniciatives De Paz (amazing organization in Puerto Rico) to volunteer in medical clinics in the most needed areas in Haiti.  This was some of the most intense work that I had ever been involved in.

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We woke up early out of our army style cots and mosquito nets, worked long days in the hottest conditions, ate meals out of cans (cold) and were told not to complain as there were people outside of our gates who were starving.  We saw people suffering greatly as a result of the devastation from the earthquake.  As tough as the conditions were I was grateful for the opportunity to serve.  There were so many people that desperately needed medical attention and our group of doctors and nurses did the best that they could to provide hundreds of people a day with care.

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I had a deep respect for all of the people that were there volunteering and truly helping the core needs of the people.  Paola was one of those who was really a light during this crisis in Haiti.  She had a way to bring happiness into all of the patients that she worked with.  She never complained and always kept a smile on her face.  To this day Paola goes back to Haiti and serves in medical clinics and orphanages in between her schooling to become a doctor.  Haiti is a part of her heart and home.

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It has been 4 years since we worked together in Haiti but we have stayed in contact and have talked about the opportunities to bring clean water to the orphanages in Haiti that Paola is working in.  This is in the works and I hope to be back in Haiti soon working with Paola and the rest of the team.

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But in the meantime Paola has decided to partner with For One Another and journey with me to Uganda and Kenya this year.  She has spent numerous times on humanitarian aid trips and I feel like she will be a huge asset to us for the relief efforts in Uganda this year as well as our continued work in Kenya.  She also spent two months in Uganda on a research project in 2013 and knows the culture and loves the country as well.  We really look forward to welcoming her into the work that FOA is all about.  She is in Haiti right now and she will be flying directly to meet up with me for our trip to Uganda.  This girl just doesn’t stop.  Ha!

I’m looking forward to a great upcoming trip to Africa and we thank you all for the support so that we can continue on in this beautiful work. – Carrie Beth35855_1504736345437_1570158_n


Volunteers tell about their experience in Ecuador

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Nicole Tarwater’s thoughts:
.Ecuador 2014 was such an amazing trip, I’m so thankful I was able to finally participate in an FOA Trip. Being there in person was amazing, and seeing all the needs everywhere we turned was heart wrenching. We were able to do so much and to travel to so many locations in the 11 days we were there. We went to the coast, mountains, and jungle to bring clean water solutions to villages there.
One highlight of the trip was at one of the first villages we went to, we were able to hear from a little 11 year old boy about how clean water has changed his life. He said he used to get stomach aches all the time and would have to stay home from school a lot, but now that they’ve been drinking clean water he can go to school and be with all his friends. It was tear jerking to hear this little child speak and how thankful he was for something we take for granted everyday. Amazing stuff people!!! He has younger brothers and sisters that are benefiting from the clean water as well, and all of them were happy and healthy! 🙂
That is just one story of many and I’m so thankful I was there to experience them all! My eyes were truly opened to what all For One Another does for others. I’m sure this will be my first trip of many! For all those of you worried about our safety, thank you for your prayers for us during our travels. Honestly I felt perfectly safe throughout this trip and would highly recommend anyone to volunteer in Ecuador, it was an amazing country to see. I can’t wait to go back! Clean water is a gift, Life is a gift, let’s do what we can to help others live longer!!!
Meghan Wood’s Journey:

I had a fairly privileged life growing up. The only real hard times I faced as a child were the usual: teasing, sleepovers and boys with an occasional zit or two. From these experiences, I knew I wanted to be a part of “the group”… part of what was going on.  I didn’t know what that exactly meant then. I didn’t know it would include volunteerism or being a part of organized charities. I just knew I wanted the ”me” to be part of the ”we”.

Fast forward to now… over the past few years I have been volunteering with For One Another Foundation helping with the various events like the Taste of Loomis and FOA fundraising dinners. This work has fueled the spark that I was born with inside of me… a spark I believe we are all born with.

Each event and fundraiser has been kindling for the spark.

The result: a FIRE grew to the point where I had to have the conversation with Carrie about taking my volunteering to the next level. I wanted to go on a trip with her and this how I was so blessed with the amazing opportunity to go to Ecuador just a few weeks ago.

A few months ago I took my normal world of hair driers, designer shoes and jeans, makeup, happy hours, iPhones, hot showers, and prime time TV to a world of:
–           poverty
–           hunger
–           disease

I realized that I truly was there to make a difference. I could make a difference.
That was a moment that changed me forever. I found
–           myself
–           my ethics
–           my values

I connected to the “we” more than ever in that moment.I am not the change…. We are the change.
Someone once said opportunity is not a chance, it is a choice.

I made a choice to go on this amazing trip to Ecuador and now I have made a choice to share my experience.

My hope is that my experience has lite your spark and YOU will make a choice to fuel YOUR fire.


A Young Girl Makes a Difference Across the Globe

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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Kayli raising money for FOA on her birthday!

 

This is a letter we got from the Mom of an amazing young lady, Kayli.

 

Amy Carlson – Hi Carrie, We posted this on Facebook and wanted to make sure that you saw it! Kayli was thrilled and wants to do more for the foundation! She is actually doing a current event on FOA at her school to help raise awareness

The power of one small child…

“I’m so happy that I got these gifts from the director of For One Another Foundation, Inc. It really means alot!” Kayli

For Kayli’s birthday this year she asked her friends for a donation for For One Another Foundation. This organization raises money for water filters in remote places of the world. Last year they were helping to get clean water to many villages in Uganda. Thanks to the efforts of Kayli and her friends who raised $152.00, FOA was able to help 3 families with water filters and education about clean water! When Kayli opened the package and looked closely at the necklace brought back as a thank you from Uganda, she realized just how much one small person can make a life changing difference in the world! Thank you Carrie Beth, and all of Kayli’s friends for helping these 3 families.

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Meet Our 2013 Uganda Team

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I am so excited to be heading to Uganda, Africa with an amazing group of people.  Our volunteers both at home and the ones that go and serve make this organization so special to be a part of.  I feel blessed to have these wonderful individuals join FOA on this trip.  We have a full schedule while in Uganda and the travel is a bit insane but I know our team will work great together to make this trip a very successful one.  Shana and Michael will be working on shooting film for the documentary as well as assisting us with the water project.  We are thrilled to have them joining us. Thanks for everyone’s continued support for this work.  We appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and positive energy for us as we prepare for this mission. – Carrie Beth

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Shana Nunez, Carrie Beth, Anna Morrison, Laura Mason, Michael Corey

Shana Nunez – Just over a year ago a friend asked if I wouldn’t mind helping design a logo for For One Another Foundation. I began following along with their projects and became inspired by the work they are doing. They are a real story of how anyone with passion can truly make a difference. I’ll be traveling with the group to Uganda to both volunteer and shoot video of the project to create a documentary about the need for clean water around the world and the work that For One Another is doing. I’m excited and honored to be a small part of the amazing work they are doing.

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Shana Nunez

 

 

Anna Morrison – I only recently heard about For One Another but was so inspired by the people I knew who were involved, and with the organization’s focus on the basic necessity of water, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. To be able to go to a part of the world that tourists rarely see, and to actually assist in creating clean water systems for people without is going to be an incredible experience and one that I am extremely lucky to be participate on.

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Anna Morrison

 

Laura Mason – I have been involved with For One Another for the past few years, fundraising and helping to plan events.  It was truly been a privalege to be a part of Carrie’s organization and witness the good work that is being done for those so desperately in need.  I am currently working towards my nursing degree and am excited to contribute first hand to the efforts of For One Another in Uganda.  I am humbled by this opportunity and hope to learn from the amazing people of the Karamoja region of what it means to truly appreciate God’s blessings.

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Laura Mason with her husband Nich

 

 


FLOW for Water

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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On December 1st 2012 Shannon Tobin and Tess Conrad hosted another Flow for Water fundraiser.  We rented out the Rocklin Community Center which was a beautiful location to have the event.  It was a rainy day but that did not stop our supporters from coming out and enjoying a wonderful yoga class and silent auction.  Shannon and Tess led a 90 minute class where Jeff Conway assisted and DJ Nate Spross provided the awesome music.  We were able to raise enough money to help over 250 people receive clean water in Uganda, Africa.  It was such an amazing process to see so many people come together to make this event possible.  Thanks again to all of our sponsors, volunteers, donators and attenders that made this day so beautiful.  Thanks for your love and support for this cause. You are making beautiful change.

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2018 Clean Water Project in India – Meet the Team!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Later this month, Shana Nunez, Tara Odell, Scarlett James, and Angelica Gonzalez, in partnership with For One Another and Hope Abides, will travel to India to distribute water filters and check on our ongoing projects. We’re so excited to provide this update, written by Shana, on their fundraising efforts over the past few months, and will be posting more updates while they are on their travels!

 

Meet the team:

Shana Nunez – Shana is a digital nomad and owner of WanderBird Productions, working in video production and motion graphics. She is a proud auntie to four nieces and three nephews and a fur-baby momma to 4 dogs. Shana traveled on behalf of For One Another and with the Hope Abides team to India in 2014 where she worked to distribute water filters ad identify future projects. She’s passionate about helping support For One Another and their clean water project efforts and is looking forward to returning to India and seeing the beautiful faces in the orphanage again.

 

 

 

Tara Odell – Tara works in commercial banking and is a mother of three – from 16 years to 11 months! In addition to her schedule with a full-time job and as a busy mom, she volunteers her time locally and is an active member in her community and church. She’s an eager traveler and chicken caretaker. She and her husband Jeff are excited to support these projects in both the orphanage and the areas in need of clean water.

 

 

 

 

Scarlett James – Scarlett is thirteen, in 7th grade and is an avid flute player and active in cheer at school. This summer she became a Youth Ambassador for Hope Abides and kicked off her India fundraising with a “Lemonade for India” stand this summer and she continues to help raise funds by selling and making baked good and helping with garage sales. She is looking forward in particular to meeting the children at the orphanage and is excited to share some love. Tara is Scarlett’s momma and they are looking forward to volunteering together in India.

 

 

 

Angelica Gonzalez – Angelica is also in banking and a mother of three. She’s a passionate ultra runner and yearly organizes a fundraising event for type one diabetes – which her son suffers from – and where she runs 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for the disease. She’s passionate about volunteering and it’s a family affair – with her husband and children joining the efforts for the races she runs in support of local causes.

 

 

Fundraising Projects:

The team has been hard at work fundraising over the last several months. Through efforts supported by others we’ve run a lemonade stand, a bake sale and a garage sale. We received donations of furniture – and even a vehicle – that we sold, with all proceeds going toward the projects. All told, to date we’ve have raised over $5,300!

Incredibly, thanks to assistance from a friend and through her company, we expect that these funds will be matched, doubling our efforts!

But we aren’t resting yet! With some time left on the clock we are squeezing in a “Holiday Tamales” sale. Angelica and her mother will be leading us through the tamale making process and we hope to work together to sell lots of tamales and raise more money toward the cause!

 

 

The Trip:

The day after Christmas we will be departing bright and early with flights taking us to India. We will be focusing our efforts in two areas that Shana visited in 2014 and that Hope Abides and For One Another continue to partner with.

After arriving in New Delhi we will travel to Thrisshur in the state of Kerala. This is an area that was hit by significant flooding during the monsoon season this year. There we will meet with Father Joy, who is part of an organization called KESS  that supports the local area with ongoing projects and relief efforts. They also promotes women’s empowerment and provides women with safe workplaces and ways to support their families.

For One Another is providing 100 water filters for this area, which we will be distributing. With much of the distribution focused on women in their ongoing projects, the filters go to families with children and elderly who are at particular risk of diseases from water born illnesses, especially during this time following the flooding.
In Kerala, we are also working on the installation of a bore well supported by For One Another and are working on receiving quotes for the work needed. More updates to come shortly about this particular part of the project!

Father Joy says the following about the support:

“The requirement for your water filters and water based project are indeed, the need of the hour. The water filters that you distributed last time have been extremely useful. The beneficiaries comprising of HIV affected as well as single mothers in a our stabilizer units, are thankful for the useful gift which saved their families from unhygienic and unhealthy components of water. There are still poor people in our projects who require these filters to avail safe drinking water.
…The flood calamity has indeed created a lot of despair to the people in our state and KESS is deeply involved in flood relief and rehabilitation works presently. Surely, this support comes at the right time. We require all the support possible to help the flood-affected.”

We will be in that area for three days and in addition to distributing new filters, hope to visit those who have received them in the past to ensure they are still enjoying the benefits of them and see if they need any support.

On January 2nd we will travel to our second project location – the town of Vellatur in the state of Andrha Pradesh, where we will stay at the orphanage run by Pastor Ratnam and his organization, Mission for the Rural People. There we will spend time with the children of the orphanage and visit the new site of the water project we are funding in a local village and sister orphanage. A water filtration system and bore well will be installed at Brooke Orphanage for the whole village to use. Brooke is in the village of Thappalakatta and they do not have access to clean drinking water. The bore well and filtration system will be a huge blessing for both Brooke orphanage and the village. This project will be funded through the money we’ve raised over the last few months.

In addition to the orphanage water project, we’ll be supporting the new building for the boys at the Vellatur orphanage. The current building has large cracks in the wall and the roof is starting to cave in, making it no longer safe for the boys to sleep there. Whatever funds we have after the water project will go toward this project. While visiting the orphanage there we will continue to develop the relationship with Pastor Ratnam and look for potential future projects in area rural communities. We are looking forward to our trip and are staying busy with fundraising and preparations. We are excited to continue to share how the support is changing lives in India!


Ecuador 2016: Guest Post by Anna Morrison

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Anna Morrison has been a huge supporter and helper of For One Another, and in February of 2016, she took her second trip representing our foundation (her first trip was several years ago to Uganda).  Here, Anna gives us a quick account of her experience:

In February of this year we made our annual trip to Ecuador, this time taking with us over 80 filters, more than we’ve been able to bring on one trip previously! With only two of us and a two bag per person limit, our packing abilities were tested. Nevertheless, we made it to Ecuador, breezed through customs and were on our way the following morning from Quito to Tena in the Napo province of Ecuador. As always our partners at MAP International had already selected, prepared and scheduled our visits with the communities they’ve been working with.

Although access to safe drinking water is improving throughout Ecuador, the majority of rural communities still rely on contaminated water from nearby rivers, waterfalls and rainwater collected from the roofs of their homes. As a result, malnourishment is rampant coinciding with fevers, diarrhea, headaches and coughs. On this trip we visited four communities, two of which had received filters previously and we followed up with their progress.

Pictured below is Delia Genoveva Chimbo Shiguango from the Tamia Unku community, about 2 hours deep into the jungles of Tena. She’s the mother of 8 children who frequently suffer from diarrhea due to the quality of the water from their local waterfall. Delia’s new water filtration system will drastically improve the quality of her life and the lives of her growing family.

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As Anna stated, Delia’s is just one of many families that FOA was able to provide a filter to, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.  Your help matters, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Big thanks to Anna for all that you do and for taking time to write for us!

Anna and Carrie after giving donated clothes to orphans in Quito. When they brought the bag of clothes out, the kids tore through them with excitement and were so proud to wear them.

Anna and Carrie after giving donated clothes to orphans in Quito. When they brought the bag of clothes out, the kids tore through them with excitement and were so proud to wear them.


A Look Back at 2014!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

As I look back at the past year I wanted to share a little bit of my heart with you all and let you know how proud I am of our foundation and the work that is being accomplished. First off, thank you to all of our amazing supporters, board members and volunteers as this work would not be possible without you. Thank you so much!
January 2014 – Ecuador – Over 800 people were provided clean drinking water through filters. Our main focus was children in schools and communities. A huge thank you to Meghan Wood and Nicole Tarwater for their humanitarian aid service on this mission and their efforts in fundraising.0otWcE4-lEhiOvsoOGBf1wGlm18ohJo5D0IBj3qrzJQ,WMQfvuYDz9z3dT7Ml2UNqrVL1maGYXWdBHSwJrz-Hys
June 2014 – Taste of Loomis event – Thank you to all of our FOA volunteers, sponsors, attendees and all who made this event possible. A special thanks to Shannon Payton our coordinator of this event, Priscilla Bowin our marketer and Meghan Wood our committee chair.
July 2014 – Uganda, Africa – We served approximately 600 people while we were there with filters and a new sand dam will be built this January for the funds raised from Taste of Loomis. The Sand Dam that we built in 2013 had been completed and we were so inspired to see it not only successfully finished but working so well for the direct community and surrounding communities. We are so grateful to see the success of one of our largest projects and to see it help so many people and change lives in big ways.Completed-Sand-Dam-5-rot-cntrst
August 2014 – Kenya, Africa – 200 filters were distributed in the most needed regions in Kenya. We worked not only in the slums of Nairobi but in the needed areas around Kisumu. Over 2000 people’s lives were impacted by this trip. A huge thanks to Pamela Boehle-Silva for her work in fundraising and her passion to continue helping the women, children, orphans and sick in Kenya.photo 4(11)
October 2014 – India – Thank you Shana Nunez for being so brave in volunteering to go and serve in India. We were able to provide 40 filters which were used primarily in orphanages and in the slums of India. Shana was overwhelmed by the needs in some of the areas that she traveled to on this trip and she urges our foundation to continue to make an impact in India as their need for clean water and hope is so great.

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October 2014 – Cattlemens Fundraiser – Thank you to all who attended this event. We were able to provide 50 kids new shoes and socks for the new “Shoes for Sanitation’ program. Thanks to all who were a part of this. I was so moved to do something for these children when we were working in the slums of Kenya and I saw the need for such simple sanitation methods. I know these shoes will be a huge blessing for the sweet kids there.0807_KOGOLE_SAND_DAM_WORK_DAY1_7625_zps608305b5
October 2014 – Kayli Carlson hosted a Zumba fundraiser for “Clean Water” in Vermont. She raised well over $500 dollars which will provide 50 people clean water to drink. You rock Kayli!!! Did I mention that she is 11? This is so amazing!
I am grateful to see that we are continuing to impact people’s lives around the globe. Whether it saves a life, changes someones life, gives a person hope, eases someones pain or makes a child smile, we will move forward in making this world a better place. I want to thank everyone who continues to support us.
Stay tuned for our plans for 2015!!! It’s going to be a great year ahead! – Carrie Beth

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From Haiti to Uganda

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Today I get to write about a very special person.  Her name is Paola Chanes-Mora

 

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I first met Paola in Haiti for relief efforts in 2010.  We were there 5 months after the earthquake that occurred on January 12th 2010.  The earthquake took approximately 160,000 people’s lives and effected over 3 million people in the areas region.  We had partnered together with Iniciatives De Paz (amazing organization in Puerto Rico) to volunteer in medical clinics in the most needed areas in Haiti.  This was some of the most intense work that I had ever been involved in.

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We woke up early out of our army style cots and mosquito nets, worked long days in the hottest conditions, ate meals out of cans (cold) and were told not to complain as there were people outside of our gates who were starving.  We saw people suffering greatly as a result of the devastation from the earthquake.  As tough as the conditions were I was grateful for the opportunity to serve.  There were so many people that desperately needed medical attention and our group of doctors and nurses did the best that they could to provide hundreds of people a day with care.

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I had a deep respect for all of the people that were there volunteering and truly helping the core needs of the people.  Paola was one of those who was really a light during this crisis in Haiti.  She had a way to bring happiness into all of the patients that she worked with.  She never complained and always kept a smile on her face.  To this day Paola goes back to Haiti and serves in medical clinics and orphanages in between her schooling to become a doctor.  Haiti is a part of her heart and home.

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It has been 4 years since we worked together in Haiti but we have stayed in contact and have talked about the opportunities to bring clean water to the orphanages in Haiti that Paola is working in.  This is in the works and I hope to be back in Haiti soon working with Paola and the rest of the team.

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But in the meantime Paola has decided to partner with For One Another and journey with me to Uganda and Kenya this year.  She has spent numerous times on humanitarian aid trips and I feel like she will be a huge asset to us for the relief efforts in Uganda this year as well as our continued work in Kenya.  She also spent two months in Uganda on a research project in 2013 and knows the culture and loves the country as well.  We really look forward to welcoming her into the work that FOA is all about.  She is in Haiti right now and she will be flying directly to meet up with me for our trip to Uganda.  This girl just doesn’t stop.  Ha!

I’m looking forward to a great upcoming trip to Africa and we thank you all for the support so that we can continue on in this beautiful work. – Carrie Beth35855_1504736345437_1570158_n


Volunteers tell about their experience in Ecuador

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Ecuador 2014
Nicole Tarwater’s thoughts:
.Ecuador 2014 was such an amazing trip, I’m so thankful I was able to finally participate in an FOA Trip. Being there in person was amazing, and seeing all the needs everywhere we turned was heart wrenching. We were able to do so much and to travel to so many locations in the 11 days we were there. We went to the coast, mountains, and jungle to bring clean water solutions to villages there.
One highlight of the trip was at one of the first villages we went to, we were able to hear from a little 11 year old boy about how clean water has changed his life. He said he used to get stomach aches all the time and would have to stay home from school a lot, but now that they’ve been drinking clean water he can go to school and be with all his friends. It was tear jerking to hear this little child speak and how thankful he was for something we take for granted everyday. Amazing stuff people!!! He has younger brothers and sisters that are benefiting from the clean water as well, and all of them were happy and healthy! 🙂
That is just one story of many and I’m so thankful I was there to experience them all! My eyes were truly opened to what all For One Another does for others. I’m sure this will be my first trip of many! For all those of you worried about our safety, thank you for your prayers for us during our travels. Honestly I felt perfectly safe throughout this trip and would highly recommend anyone to volunteer in Ecuador, it was an amazing country to see. I can’t wait to go back! Clean water is a gift, Life is a gift, let’s do what we can to help others live longer!!!
Meghan Wood’s Journey:

I had a fairly privileged life growing up. The only real hard times I faced as a child were the usual: teasing, sleepovers and boys with an occasional zit or two. From these experiences, I knew I wanted to be a part of “the group”… part of what was going on.  I didn’t know what that exactly meant then. I didn’t know it would include volunteerism or being a part of organized charities. I just knew I wanted the ”me” to be part of the ”we”.

Fast forward to now… over the past few years I have been volunteering with For One Another Foundation helping with the various events like the Taste of Loomis and FOA fundraising dinners. This work has fueled the spark that I was born with inside of me… a spark I believe we are all born with.

Each event and fundraiser has been kindling for the spark.

The result: a FIRE grew to the point where I had to have the conversation with Carrie about taking my volunteering to the next level. I wanted to go on a trip with her and this how I was so blessed with the amazing opportunity to go to Ecuador just a few weeks ago.

A few months ago I took my normal world of hair driers, designer shoes and jeans, makeup, happy hours, iPhones, hot showers, and prime time TV to a world of:
–           poverty
–           hunger
–           disease

I realized that I truly was there to make a difference. I could make a difference.
That was a moment that changed me forever. I found
–           myself
–           my ethics
–           my values

I connected to the “we” more than ever in that moment.I am not the change…. We are the change.
Someone once said opportunity is not a chance, it is a choice.

I made a choice to go on this amazing trip to Ecuador and now I have made a choice to share my experience.

My hope is that my experience has lite your spark and YOU will make a choice to fuel YOUR fire.


A Young Girl Makes a Difference Across the Globe

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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Kayli raising money for FOA on her birthday!

 

This is a letter we got from the Mom of an amazing young lady, Kayli.

 

Amy Carlson – Hi Carrie, We posted this on Facebook and wanted to make sure that you saw it! Kayli was thrilled and wants to do more for the foundation! She is actually doing a current event on FOA at her school to help raise awareness

The power of one small child…

“I’m so happy that I got these gifts from the director of For One Another Foundation, Inc. It really means alot!” Kayli

For Kayli’s birthday this year she asked her friends for a donation for For One Another Foundation. This organization raises money for water filters in remote places of the world. Last year they were helping to get clean water to many villages in Uganda. Thanks to the efforts of Kayli and her friends who raised $152.00, FOA was able to help 3 families with water filters and education about clean water! When Kayli opened the package and looked closely at the necklace brought back as a thank you from Uganda, she realized just how much one small person can make a life changing difference in the world! Thank you Carrie Beth, and all of Kayli’s friends for helping these 3 families.

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Meet Our 2013 Uganda Team

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I am so excited to be heading to Uganda, Africa with an amazing group of people.  Our volunteers both at home and the ones that go and serve make this organization so special to be a part of.  I feel blessed to have these wonderful individuals join FOA on this trip.  We have a full schedule while in Uganda and the travel is a bit insane but I know our team will work great together to make this trip a very successful one.  Shana and Michael will be working on shooting film for the documentary as well as assisting us with the water project.  We are thrilled to have them joining us. Thanks for everyone’s continued support for this work.  We appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and positive energy for us as we prepare for this mission. – Carrie Beth

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Shana Nunez, Carrie Beth, Anna Morrison, Laura Mason, Michael Corey

Shana Nunez – Just over a year ago a friend asked if I wouldn’t mind helping design a logo for For One Another Foundation. I began following along with their projects and became inspired by the work they are doing. They are a real story of how anyone with passion can truly make a difference. I’ll be traveling with the group to Uganda to both volunteer and shoot video of the project to create a documentary about the need for clean water around the world and the work that For One Another is doing. I’m excited and honored to be a small part of the amazing work they are doing.

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Shana Nunez

 

 

Anna Morrison – I only recently heard about For One Another but was so inspired by the people I knew who were involved, and with the organization’s focus on the basic necessity of water, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. To be able to go to a part of the world that tourists rarely see, and to actually assist in creating clean water systems for people without is going to be an incredible experience and one that I am extremely lucky to be participate on.

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Anna Morrison

 

Laura Mason – I have been involved with For One Another for the past few years, fundraising and helping to plan events.  It was truly been a privalege to be a part of Carrie’s organization and witness the good work that is being done for those so desperately in need.  I am currently working towards my nursing degree and am excited to contribute first hand to the efforts of For One Another in Uganda.  I am humbled by this opportunity and hope to learn from the amazing people of the Karamoja region of what it means to truly appreciate God’s blessings.

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Laura Mason with her husband Nich

 

 


FLOW for Water

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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On December 1st 2012 Shannon Tobin and Tess Conrad hosted another Flow for Water fundraiser.  We rented out the Rocklin Community Center which was a beautiful location to have the event.  It was a rainy day but that did not stop our supporters from coming out and enjoying a wonderful yoga class and silent auction.  Shannon and Tess led a 90 minute class where Jeff Conway assisted and DJ Nate Spross provided the awesome music.  We were able to raise enough money to help over 250 people receive clean water in Uganda, Africa.  It was such an amazing process to see so many people come together to make this event possible.  Thanks again to all of our sponsors, volunteers, donators and attenders that made this day so beautiful.  Thanks for your love and support for this cause. You are making beautiful change.

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