A few weeks ago, an old friend put out an announcement on Facebook: a young man from New Jersey was setting off on a 3200-mile trek across the country to raise money and awareness for . . . water. His journey was going to take him right across Michigan -- and he was looking for places to stop and shelter along the way. Including . . . Kalamazoo.
No brainer, right?
Mission close to my heart.
Young man my own son's age.
Empty guest room.
Sign me up to support him!
James arrived last night. Tired and hot from a long day's journey -- but bubbling with enthusiasm and energy.
It was a delight to spend a few hours with James -- learning about his mission and background. He's an amazing young man! He has chosen to backpack across the country carrying 10 gallons of water (that's 90 pounds!) in support of (mostly) women and children around the world who must walk far distances each day for their water. James planned his route to include areas in the US with water insecurity issues -- and he spent several days in Flint, Michigan last week, learning about the Flint water crisis and volunteering with various organizations there.
James hopes to raise $75,000 during his trek. All funds he raises will go to repairing broken wells in the Mara region of Tanzania (where James has done work in the past), as well as providing training for well maintenance.
It was truly a delight to connect with James. He gives me HOPE for the future (something we can all use there days), and I am so pleased we got the chance to meet him.
And now . . . he's off! Watch for him out on the roads this summer as he heads west . . . for water.