Water is absolutely vital to life on Planet Earth. Especially in America - clean, affordable, easily accessible water is something that we largely take for granted. So at ODCA, we have dedicated our 2019 efforts toward clean water. We are doing quarterly beach clean-ups in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Freedom Boat Club to focus on the local needs; but we felt that it was important to take it even one step farther. Which brings us to The Manzi Project.
In a Zambian dialect in Africa, Manzi means "water." We have been working with an amazing organization in Zambia called "Little Ndaba" where they are able to offer jobs to Zambian women to create these amazing dolls and toys, that all have connections to local wildlife. Very recently, they extended their animal line-up to include some aquatic life - including SHARKS! ODCA plans to continue to support Little Ndaba in their efforts, and the project name is dedicated to them!
We have also been able to connect with Water is Life here in the U.S. and they have a global presence bringing clean water to villages. In one particular project in Kenya, ODCA has agreed to sponsor a local school (since education is forefront to everything we do), and we want to provide safe, clean drinking water to these families and the community. This particular school is located in one of the most run-down areas of Kibera (just outside Nairobi, the capital), and they lose a significant number of children each year to water-related illnesses.
Kibera is thought to be the biggest slum in all of Africa and is facing a significant water crisis. With a crumbling internal infrastructure, residents are desperate for opportunities to improve their situation and strive for a brighter tomorrow. The majority of Kibera consists of hardworking citizens with enormous hearts, but are people that lack everyday basics that many of us take for granted.
Project Manzi has adopted a school in the heart of Kibera that nurtures 300 children eager to gain an education and overcome the staggering statistics. These are enthusiastic kids looking for a way out of the slum and view an education as their best option in doing so. For the first phase of Project Manzi, we are seeking to equip all 300 students as well as teachers and administrators with their own personal portable water purification devices. We are also seeking to install a larger three-stage filtration system within the confines of the school as an outlet for clean drinking water throughout the day. It is also to be used as a source for collecting clean water during meal preparations to ensure healthy cooking for the children. Additionally, we are seeking to install hand washing stations and implement a hygiene and sanitation educational program into the school’s curricula.
About life in Kibera:
How You Can Help
By making a $15 donation, you can provide clean drinking water for a child for a year! Additionally, we will be going to Africa in July with Water is Life to actually deliver these straws and drinking systems to the school in Kibera. Our commitment is to raise $10,000 to fully sponsor this village, and any additional money above that will be used to purchase new textbooks for the students! For each $15 donation, you will receive a Pura Vida-style wax string bracelet with the Manzi Project stainless steel charm*. This goal is achievable, and we thank you so much for your contribution to the project!
*bracelet color subject to change based on availability.
Just want to make a donation to the cause? You can do that here! Any donation amount is greatly appreciated!
We now have bracelets in a few different colors:
Tribal - reds, pink, purple
Black and blue
Sunset - teal, orange and purple
Denim - shades of blue
Click the Buy Now button to make a $15 donation to provide clean, safe drinking water for a child in Kibera for a whole year! As a special thank you, we will send you a Pura Vida-style wax string bracelet with Manzi Project stainless steel charm*
All pre-sale bracelets will be delivered on or before Earth Day, 2019!