Drilling for Hope

SUNY Cortland to recognize Drilling for Hope in Water for Life program

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Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is an annual, global movement and reminder following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday (for many, days of excess) that shifts the focus from receiving to giving to those in need. And, in a consumer-driven culture such as our’s this message is imperative for a sustainable future. Jump on the giving bandwagon and make a tax deductible donation today that will bring water to families in Tanzania and Ethiopia this coming March. Thank you, as always for your continued support of my mission to bring clean water to those who need…read more

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Journal Entry: Tanzania, April 2014

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TANZANIA               April 2014 The Sun is Shining on Tanzania I arrive in Dar es Salaam in the afternoon from Kigali, Rwanda.  I did not get my visa for entry at home so I know this will take time.  Unfortunately, I have forgotten how unorganized this process can be.  You must understand I have landed in an African country close to the equator.  They do not waste their air conditioning on those entering the Country.  It is HOT, and the multitude of bodies makes it worse.  After landing we fill out…read more

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Send a “selfie” to Rwanda

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During their stay in Rwanda, Karen & Emma will be be providing for the children there in need of an education and school supplies. The generosity of donors that makes this possible will be highlighted during the May 8 “Faces of Rwanda” gallery exhibit with a wall devoted to “selfies” of the children there, holding photos of the individuals who have made their education possible. To make it even more powerful, engage your children to start thinking about philanthropy. So, talk to your kids. Get them involved by encouraging them…read more

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Mark your calendars: Faces of Rwanda, May 8 2014!

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On May 8, 2014, photos from Karen’s March 2014 trip to Rwanda will be on exhibit at Spring Street Gallery in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. Renowned photographer Emma Dodge Hanson will be documenting Karen’s hard work as she funds wells, provides medical and school supplies, and funds the tuition for a female medical student at the Medical University of Kagali. Last year, the Faces of Nepal exhibit raised over $7o00; sparking an interest and giving visibility to Karen Flewelling’s hard work and mission. If you are interested in sponsoring the Faces of Rwanda exhibit,…read more

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Faces of Rwanda exhibit announced!

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On May 8, 2014, photos from Karen’s March 2014 trip to Rwanda will be on exhibit at Spring Street Gallery in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. Renowned photographer Emma Dodge Hanson will be documenting Karen’s hard work as she funds wells, provides medical and school supplies, and funds the tuition for a female medical student at the Medical University of Kagali. Last year, the Faces of Nepal exhibit raised over $7o00; sparking an interest and giving visibility to Karen Flewelling’s hard work and mission. If you are interested in sponsoring the…read more

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Times Union features Karen and Her Humanitarian Work!

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A recent article in the Albany Times Union features Karen and the story behind her humanitarian efforts. Retiring locally, then volunteering globally Former teacher says she finds joy in her efforts on behalf of other people By Tim O’Brien Karen Flewelling has helped put wells in dry lands, and she’s taken school supplies to impoverished children, goats and chickens to hungry families and soccer balls to youths around the world. The retired Shaker High School teacher has made 20 trips to 14 countries since 2005. She turned journal entries into a book called “Drilling…read more

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Nepal

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With your donations I was able to accomplish the following: FILTERS AND WELLS I funded six wells at schools in Parasi, located in the south of Nepal.  This will affect over 2000 children.  In addition I donated 34 water filters.  The filters are of two kinds; the Sono filter to take out arsenic and 99.9% of other impurities, and the Sawyer filter to remove bacteria and silt in wells less than 40 feet deep.  I did this in partnership with Filters for Families. FRUIT Working with Keenan’s Kids I supported…read more

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Merry Christmas! (a bit early)

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Thank to the Soroptomist Society of Saratoga Springs, these Rwandan villagers have received an early Christmas present. Because of the Soroptomist’s generous grant, a Christmas well has been drilled:    

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Karen featured in The Schenectady Gazette

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A recent article in The Schenectady Gazette features Karen’s humanitarian efforts and the impact she’s had on lives around the world providing clean water, livestock, school supplies and medical equipment. The Article: Karen Flewelling figures she spent enough of her life tasting what she calls the appetizers. Now, she wants the entree and dessert. After spending 36 years as one of the most successful fi eld hockey coaches in Section II history, the ultimate charity worker and fund raiser continues to make an even larger impact on the lives of people,…read more

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