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The Gift of Water Live Chat Transcript

If you missed the chat with Jane and her guests David Simms and Ken Wood, you can catch the conversation here.

Comment from Dawn: Ken, from your experiences in Africa, what other life-essential issue do you see as needed? Water is life-giving...what is next?

Wood: Sanitation is an important issue. The medical team from Alder Gate and BSF treat many patients. The village of 40,000 has just one doctor.

Comment from Allison: So which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Do you take a skill you have and find a place that needs it, or do you look for places with needs and realize, hey, I can do that!?

Pauley: Allison, David and I simultaneously said “yes!”

Comment from Dawn: Ken, your organization is a perfect opportunity for schools and children to get involved with helping others less fortunate. Have you had any such efforts be successful and if so, do you have a format for which we could help by getting it into the schools?

Wood: Yes, we have had a successful effort from a school. We also have a church that has a "Walk for the Well of It" that has been very successful. For schools that want to get involved: any money you can raise is wonderful.

Comment from Dave: Ken, how far are people in Ghana traveling to find water before you drill the wells?

Wood: The farthest I've seen is 3 to 5 miles by foot, and that's just to get what they can carry in a bucket on their head. Most people have to walk at least a mile one way.

Comment from Tom: Ken, do you have any estimate as to the size of the problem in Ghana in terms of number of people or villages without clean water?

Wood: Tom, it's unlimited. You never run out of work in getting freshwater to the people.

Comment from Kate: How cooperative is the government in Ghana with your project?

Wood: Kate, the government is cooperative, but customs is difficult. The district mayors and health officers are very cooperative. We are supposed to have a meeting with the president in January.

Comment from Linda: Can you recommend a "clearing house" that helps match volunteer skills and donations for educational needs (building schools, classroom resources, teacher training, etc.) of youth in west Africa. I'm especially interested in helping in countries where illiteracy and poverty are quite high.

Simms: Here in the U.S., http://www.donorschoose.org helps to match donors with schools in the U.S. I'm not sure if they have yet been able to tackle support for schools and students overseas.

Comment from Scott: Ken, how are the horses running this month? Is your horse Joey still contributing? Thank you for your inspiring commitment.

Wood: Joey did have a win this month, but the majority are not racing well right now. I hope they'll get back on their feet soon!

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