Hi and thanks for visiting my fundraising web page. I have always wanted to help out in the world, and partnering up with World Vision has fueled my passion in giving back. Helping those who have less than me is a vision I have had since a young age. Since receiving the Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, I now have the opportunity to pursue this dream and encourage others to find out how good it feels to give back.
I have chosen to adpot the community of Kirindon in the African country of Kenya, and make a long term commitment to help the children and families who struggle each day against the effects of poverty. Kirindon, 250 miles west of Nairobi, is a rural, impoverished community that has been severely lacking in access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. World Vision staff are embarking on a major initiative to reduce the prevalence of water borne diseases (intestinal and skin diseases) in the Kirindon community. The project direct beneficiaries will be 20,000 people and 36,197 people will be indirect beneficiaries.
In October, my family, friends, and I traveled to Kirindon to see this project in-person. I got to see the difference between having clean water to drink and having dirty, disease infested water that the kids were drinking previous to their rain water catchment system and bore holes (shallow wells). I cannot express how thankful these community members and children were to have clean water. Even though they thought we were aliens (cause some had never seen a white person) they showed their smiles and gratitude after touching our arms and hair to make sure we were real :-)
The people of this town have touched my heart deeply not only because they are the kindest, most generous, and hard working friends I have ever met, but because even though they live in some of the toughest conditions, they still are happy. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done in this town of 80,000, from water sanitation, to more schools, to women rights to stop FGM (female genital mutilation) and forced early marriages, to food crises. We can help, we already have and will continue to do so.
I'm committed to making a difference in this community. Together with your support, and World Vision's effective community-based approach to development, we can help bring clean water and sanitation solutions to these amazing and beautiful people.
This water and sanitation project will provide basic and practical assistance such as clean water wells, washing stations, latrines, and community training on proper water usage and hygiene. I've pledged to raise over $300,000 to change these people's lives. Won't you join me in this important work?
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Hannah's on-going contest winnings: $129,852
Hannah's Gold charity income:
Hannah's Gold Foundation $40,000
Burton Snowboards $ 3,576
Green Mountain Sugar House $24,061
Mapleside Sugar House $14,220
Okemo Mountain Resort $ 1,954
Sierra at Tahoe Snowsports Resort $ 3,920
Ben & Jerry's Homemade $25,622.01
Also thank you to:
Gavin Baron $ 234
Peace Love & Pancakes $12,241
Thank you to all our Peace Love & Pancakes Helpers (age 8-13)! -- Garrett, Cooper, Tyler, Nigel, Laine, Mackenzie, Chloe, Sofia, Daphne, Sophia, Nicholas, Skye, Kellen, and Max!