Did you create a fundraising page for our Drop-A-Thon Festival? First off, thank you for taking a stand to serve others who lack access to clean water and sanitation. You are awesome and are already changing the world.
Click here to read a letter from Daniel Rodriguez - September 2016
Time, something indefinite that we worry too much about. Whether it is worrying about the past, present or future; we tend to over think moments and try to plan ahead and forget to “live in the moment”, something that BLUE tries to demonstrate.
In 2015, as I tiredly made my way to my half point of high school, a friend showed me this prompt which a school she was applying to had uploaded for an essay. I had kept this prompt in the back of my mind and had found myself occasionally wondering off into deep thoughts as to what X was. That very summer my X was found. Luckily, no mathematical calculations were needed to find it given that math has never been my strong suit. My X was found in the middle of a mountain in the Dominican Republic in a small town or as they call it "campo". The summer of my sophomore year I traveled on my first BLUE Missions trip, where I aided in building latrines and delivering sanitation to the underprivileged families of the Dominican Republic.
“If you could do something that would make people happy, and it would cost you neither money nor time, would you do it? If that same thing also made you happy, would you?"
Mountaineering the slippery highlands and precariously descending muddy slopes while carrying PVC pipes is no walk in the campo. Water-building is a laborious task – digging trenches, laying down pipes, mixing and lugging buckets of cement from eight in the morning until the afternoon can take a serious toll on ones energy and strength. Combined with the tropical climate and sometimes-unpredictable weather, (oh helloooo, random tropical storm – where did you come from?) it can be easy to lose the motivation, energy and positive attitude necessary to complete the task at hand.
I was recently invited to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar organized by the Global Citizenship Alliance in Salzburg, Austria. While I was there, I had the honor of learning from highly respected experts in many fields. Speakers for the conference flew from Sweden, Canada, and Germany to be in attendance, and thanks to them, I truly grasp the phenomenon of globalization.
The proceeds raised from our annual BLUE Cocktail is the main source of funds for the construction of our water and sanitation projects. In 2016 we have taken on our most ambitious amount of projects yet. No less than 22 communities will be transformed by the effects of having water faucets and sanitary latrines in their homes. However, these projects cannot be undertaken without the support of our sponsors, trip participants, friends, and all of our extended BLUE family.
If that isn't reason enough for you, below are 7 reasons why you can't afford to do anything BUT come to the 2016 BLUE Cocktail.
Would you pack your bags and go? Maybe… maybe not… Sometimes in life we need that little push from either someone or something. My push was my sister, Daniella. She wanted me to go back on another trip for quite some time, but I just never got around to it. I finally went back on a service trip after 4 years and re-experienced what I had forgotten and more.
Remember when life used to be easy? In elementary school, I would come home from a long day of learning and be excited to see what Mom made for dinner. I used to play baseball with my neighbors every day; we would treat every game as if it was bases loaded bottom of the ninth at the seventh game of the World Series.