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There’s no EASING into India…

      India has an agenda of its own. Most experience a love/hate relationship and I have found that the more you embrace the chaos (it will push EVERY one of your buttons) the more miracles you will experience. It’s like an initiation, forcing you out of your comfort zone, stretching you in every…

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*Best*Christmas*Ever*

                      Now THIS was a dream come true!!! While I was fundraising, I added a category and asked for $300 to use over the holidays to deliver food, toys and school supplies to families in poor rural villages. I knew the holidays would be tough for me…

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The best gift I’ve ever given!!!

                      “Everyone deserves to have clean water!”            Christmas Eve, 2014   In August 2014, I had a garage sale and sold most of my belongings. I needed to save whatever I could for my personal expenses during the next 6 months…

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Come get a tour of this project!!!

Project #2: What: Building Bio-Sand Water Filters in Cambodia  I have been SOOO excited for this project to begin! The ability to give others access to clean water is truly priceless. Would I be able to build with my back still incredibly swollen and sensitive from the accident (read what happen a few posts ago)?…

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What the heck is a bio-sand water filter?!?!

*To give you the details behind this brilliant design created by Dr. David Manz, I felt it would be best to inform you directly from his non-profit company (CAWST). The information below is from their website as I didn’t want to leave anything out! The image below captures the breakdown of the filter (an incredible visual)…

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An unexpected accident…

During my last few days in Vietnam, I was riding a bicycle and while making a left, I was hit by a motorbike (she was texting). I hit the floor and was in shock, picking up my bike as she zoomed away. A couple days later, I woke up and couldn’t move my back. I…

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War Remnants Museum

“I knew this would be hard but I didn’t realize how hard…”        When project #1 finished in Hanoi, it was important for me to make it down south to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the War Remnants Museum. As you all know, I was working in a village with victims of…

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My final week…

November 20th was Teacher Day in Vietnam, a pretty big deal here where students usually buy teachers flowers in gratitude. The flower shops were loaded with beautiful arrangements and students flocked the shops. Considering the circumstances of the children here at the village and that many come from poor families, teachers don’t receive flowers from…

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Switching things up for week #2!

The state of shock started to subside as seeing some of the children during my first week broke my heart. I realized they were going about their days and that my internal reaction was doing nothing but upsetting and affecting me. Also, understanding the cultural differences and seeing things in classrooms that were shocking at…

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My first week!

**Regarding photographing the children, I have been very conscious of making them aware of my purpose here and that I am not just here for the day to snap a few photos to share with friends. I am here to plant seeds of hope into the hearts of all the children and to give and to…

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