Putting a name to a cause: Meet Flora

I received this update from Samaritan's Purse just today. Please read it to better understand why I run. This is more than a cause, it's changing an actual person's life. Meet Flora and her four grandchildren:

In western Uganda, Kihuura Sub County, lives Flora, 67, a grandmother of four children; two boys and two girls who go to school at a local primary. This area is faced with a serious water problem forcing people to leave their homes and walk about 3kms to fetch water.  To beat the congestion at the water source, people leave very early in the morning.

Flora is old and weak. The children have to help out by carrying water containers that hold five, ten or twenty liters (each liter weighs about 2.2 pounds).  The children divide up the load according to age and physical ability.  This situation has persisted for years now.  The children are always late to school and sometimes don’t make it to school at all and as a result they get very poor grades.  When one of the Samaritan’s Purse staff interviewed the grandmother, she seemed helpless since there was no other alternative to their current water situation.

The residents are very excited that Samaritan’s Purse is working in the area, hoping the situation will change for the better.

Running for "causes" is quite popular these days, but this isn't just a "cause." I'm not just running to raise money for an organization. This is literally changing the life of a community. It's affecting individuals like Flora and her four grandchildren, as well as many others in the Kihuura. This is why we, Team Samaritan's Purse, run.  A simple well can provide the opportunity for education, lifting four children out of the cycle of poverty and helplessness. Running for water is the least that I can do.

Will you help me change someone's life in Kihuura, Uganda: Brittany Salmon Runs for Water

James 1:26-27 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

ps. The photo above is not of Flora's 4 grandchildren. This picture was taken during one of my mission trips to Africa.

Posted on November 11, 2010 and filed under Running, Spiritual Journey, Humanitarian.