|May We Keep Your Change?The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale has designated the money raised by the Penny Power Project be used for water projects sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). These projects provide clean drinking water and new wells for communities all over the world.|
To learn more about the need for safe, clean water and how MCC is working to help families and communities with their water needs, click here.
If you would like to participate, you can drop off your change at participating area Mennonite Churches, as well as at the Relief Sale in August. You can also mail a check, designated for Penny Power to Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, c/o Penny Power, P.O. Box 62, Kidron, Ohio 44636. Plus, now you can make a donation online using PayPal.
Water - Vietnam
Building a canal
In Dong Lai, a village in Vinh Phuc province, nearly 40 percent of the population lives in poverty. People earn a living through agriculture, but the quality of their crops depends on how accessible water is. There is no water resource in the village, and farmers buy water from lakes in a neighboring village. The lakes are far away, and the water farmers can get often is not adequate for all the fields. Village residents pooled contributions to buy a pump and repair the pumping station near the lake. However, the pumping station only provided water to families close to the station. The village wanted to be able to provide water for more farmers in the community. MCC is helping the village build a canal and organize a cooperative to manage it. The farmers contribute labor and an irrigation fee to help maintain the irrigation system. Some 100 families are benefiting from the canal. They have now been able to plant three crops per year instead of two, and the yield on the crops has increased 10 to 20 percent. The cooperative project encouraged the community to work for other advances in the region.
$20 helps to construct enough of a canal to provide water for one family
$200 helps to construct enough of a canal to provide water for 10 families