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13 Communities Have Fresh, Clean Water Because of You!
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13 Communities Have Fresh, Clean Water Because of You!
If you've been following Scrap Girls at all, then you'll know that we have been doing projects to raise money for Food for the Poor since 2005. They primarily serve people in the Caribbean.
About a year after we began our monthly donations, I was contacted and asked if I would like our money to be directed to any special project. I instantly knew where I wanted it to go. I wanted to drill wells for communities that don't have access to clean water because nothing else matters if a person doesn't have water.
I had read that nothing you can do helps a community as much as helping them to have their own well. Not only does it make their lives easier, it decreases mortality significantly. About 3.5 million people die every year from drinking poor water.
The impact of diarrheal disease on children is greater than the combined impact of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), tuberculosis and malaria; we also know that the provision of improved sanitation and drinking-water could reduce diarrheal diseases by nearly 90%.
You – yes, you – have helped improve thousands of lives. If you have ever purchased one of our digital scrapbooking collaborative collections or a gift certificate, you have been helping build water wells - whether you knew it or not!
Food for the Poor has been digging wells in poverty-stricken areas. They have dug wells for communities in Haiti whose water sources were destroyed in the earthquake. They have dug wells in lots of places that help lots of people. In fact, to date, together we – the Scrap Girls community - have dug 13 wells!
And with your help, we will soon have dug our 14th well!
Drill, baby, drill!
Every month, I get a call from the nun who is assigned to our account. (Food for the Poor is a Catholic charity.) She calls me up, asks how our business is going, how I'm doing, and if I would like her to say a prayer.
I always do.
And how she does pray! Oh yes... Norma can pray. She is bold in her prayers, quoting Scriptures and reminding the Lord that He has promised to help those who help the poor and asking for help for Scrap Girls because we are helping people have fresh water. And more.
Norma's prayers wrap around me like a warm, wooly blanket and make me feel good to be alive. Over the past years, as the economy continues to decline, I explain to her that we need to keep getting miracles so that we can keep sending them money. In order to send them money, we need to keep our digital scrapbooking company going. We have to keep selling those collaborative digital scrapbooking collections. Norma gets it, and so she always says some very fervent prayers for Scrap Girls, asking the Lord to help us so that we can continue to help.
After all of these years, we have dug a lot of wells.
About a year ago, I received a large box via FedEx. Thinking it must be some forgotten order from Amazon, I set it aside. Finally, Julianne made me open it. When she was pulling away the bubble wrap, I was surprised to see a beautifully framed photo of a little girl at one of our wells alongside some notes of appreciation.
The name on it is mine just because I'm the blessed individual who gets the joy of transferring the funds to Food for the Poor each month. But if it could, it would say "To the Scrap Girls Product Design Team and Customers - past and present - thank you for your generosity."
To the Scrap Girls customers, I want to say a big thank you for supporting Scrap Girls as you purchase your digital scrapbooking supplies. With your purchases, you are not only helping a super group of women (the SG team) support their families, you are helping people who are truly in need to be healthier and happier by giving them access to clean, fresh water.
If you would like to keep helping Scrap Girls dig wells, then check out these collaborative collections:
To see more of the collaborative collections available at Scrap Girls, check out this section of the Boutique!
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Wednesday, May 2nd - 10:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week.
On May 2nd, we'll do a Stripes Challenge. Create a layout on any theme, any topic and any colors using stripes! The stripes can be from paper, paper strips or in your photo. It is up to you.
Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
May's Forum Game: Boutique Alphabet Game!
The Boutique Alphabet Game is back! Do you remember playing the game "I am going on a _____ hunt and bringing..." where each player listed items starting with a specific letter? We are playing a similar game on the Scrap Girls Forum during the month of May. Each day except Sundays, a team member will post a new theme and starting letter in the game thread. Members then will search the Scrap Girls Boutique for a product that fits the theme and post it in the game thread. Entries are to follow the alphabet starting with the letter posted with the theme each day. Only one product per letter per round will be counted and products may not be used more than once. Collections and their individual parts count as one product. Time stamps will be used to determine credit in the case of duplicate letter or product posts. There is a limit of three game posts per person each day and another player must post before posting again. Member names will be added to a drawing based on the number of qualified product links posted in the thread.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month and winners will be announced in the June 9th Newsletter. Gift certificates will be awarded as follows: $15 SG Gift Certificate for first place, $10 SG Gift Certificate for second place and a $5 SG Gift Certificate for third place.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
May Monthly Layout Contest: May is a big month in the northern hemisphere for flowers. For this month's layout contest, we're going to give a little twist on the usual flower photos. We want you to try your hand at extreme close-ups. Be creative in point of view and angle. Even most point-and-shoot cameras have a close-up mode. Do the best you can with the equipment you have and scrap a layout with a photo or two – or three. Your submission will be judged on its merit as a layout, not necessarily the photography. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MDT on May 31st. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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