Sometimes you’ve just got to take that GIANT Leap of Faith

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The Reinhardts are headed to The Roof of Africa to Climb For Clean Water! 

To quote Clark Griswold “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy.” We have joined with Compassion International for the Blood, Sweat & Compassion Kilimanjaro Challenge 2016! 

Jeremiah, Holly, and Zach (it’s a whole family affair) will be traveling to Tanzania this upcoming May to visit a Compassion Child Survival Program where we’ll meet some of the babies and moms that receive lifesaving help through this program. We’ll also visit a Compassion-assisted child development center to see how the program is transforming lives through one-to-one sponsorship and to assist with project day. There we will witness first hand the impact clean water has on the community. One VERY special treat for us is that we will have the privilege to meet Emmanuel, our Compassion sponsor child in person. How incredibly cool is that?!

After our stay at the Center we will spend the next 6 days climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for clean water! (Hey, some people run 5ks for charity, we climb mountains.)

At 5,895m (19,341ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the fourth highest of the world’s Seven Summits, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Help get us to Africa and support providing clean, safe and consistent water and sanitation in Moshi (situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro) and Kibaha, Tanzania for HUNDREDS of children and families.

We are not sure which feels more exciting at this point…the amount we are raising or the mountain we are climbing! However we know all things are possible through Christ and we are surrounded by generous, good hearted people (who were blessed enough today to drink a clean glass of water, shower and even flush a toilet) who want to help change the world for the better. So what do you say? Click the big orange DONATE button and join us in our challenge! You guys rock!

THIS IS THE HUGE IMPACT YOUR DONATION WILL HAVE!!!

Your support of our challenge as we climb the mountain visible from Moshi will allow St. Magreth (local church) to drill a borehole into a below surface well, test the well water for purity, repair and install an electrical water pump, install piping, and then install two holding tanks that ensure safe, reliable water delivery. Upon completion of this 12-month project, the church, student center and surrounding community will have access to safe, clean water. The impact will be immeasurable. Along with their family members and others in the community, the people of Moshi will have plenty of water to cook, clean their food and flush toilets on a regular basis. They will also be trained and equipped to improve their hygiene practices. As the availability of clean water prevents the spread of disease, caregivers will save money on medication. Parents will miss less work and increase their incomes. Education will improve as children miss less school due to preventable sickness. Throughout this community, clean water will result in transformed lives.

Meanwhile, 112 miles south of Kilimanjaro, residents of the smaller city of Kibaha, Tanzania, also face challenges related to clean water and sanitation. One of Compassion’s newest child development centers is Mkuza Anglican Student Center, which serves 250 children and 150 caregivers in its community is overcrowded with two latrines, the latrine-to-student ratio is one to 125. They will have twelve pit latrines constructed to better meet the needs of its registered children. These facilities will put the ratio at one latrine to 20 students. With a concrete foundation, brick construction, and storage tanks connected to a supply of fresh water, the facilities will greatly reduce waiting times. Hand-washing stations will help children maintain good hygiene, and stalls with latching doors will offer much-needed privacy. Following a four-month construction process, the new latrine facilities will help reduce sanitation-related sickness among the children and caregivers at Mkuza while also increasing school attendance.