I hope the fall is treating you all well! We naturally skipped over that season here in NYC and went straight to winter. We have three updates to share with you all this morning.
1. Endicott's Art Club Fundraiser: Our Intern - Santiago Gonzalez (pictured below) did a great job establishing a partnership with Endicott College's Art Club for their monthly fundraiser. The team was able to raise $695 for Crater Creations and the community of Kisharu by selling handmade cups/bowls/plates.
2. Water delivery using our new motorcycle. With the purchase of a new motorcycle for $500, Daniel has begun delivering water to one of three primary schools in the area. This particular school is not located near a geothermal hotspot so we can't use our traditional method of geothermal steam condensation to procure fresh water. Typically, the two rainy seasons provide enough water for this particular school to collect, but recently that hasn't been the case. Until we determine the cost of piping for a more permanent solution, Daniel will be delivering around 90 liters of water every morning when classes are in session. 90 liters is heavy, especially on rough mountain roads, but the journey leads to happier students and doesn't take more than an hour or so.
3. Kilimanjaro Fundraiser. The upcoming trip to Kilimanjaro (TZ) and Kenya is our biggest fundraiser yet. Our team has been working diligently over the past couple months to get a strong group together and organize all logistics. We've now finalized our group members and will have a total of 10 climbers vying for the summit in January! Every climber is responsible for raising $1,400 for a total of $14,000 before we leave on January 6th. If you'd like to support us - please visit our fundraising page here or use the button below. As always, donations are tax deductible and will be used for sustainable projects in Kisharu, as determined by the local board. These include additional geothermal water systems, piping projects for the primary school described above, or agricultural development. A community meeting will be held in the next few weeks so we'll keep you all posted on what is decided. The amazing team joining Rachel and I will be:
That's all for now - stay tuned for more!
Co-Founder, Crater Creations