As many of you know, I am training for my first full Ironman this summer. On July 27, I’ll be swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running (or maybe crawling) 26.2 miles in Whistler, Canada. I am dedicating these 140.6 miles and all my meticulously logged training miles to Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS) International, a non-profit organization that is doing incredible things to help end poverty in the developing world by providing appropriate technologies. I have watched this organization grow from its inception at Iowa State University, where I went to engineering school with its founders. Seeing what EOS has accomplished already makes me excited to help them grow.
You may recall that I did a similar fundraiser last year when I did the Vancouver Marathon. Since the marathon in May 2013, EOS has continued installing drip irrigation systems, biodigesters, fuel-efficient ovens, solar electric systems, and water chlorinators. This year, EOS is focusing on water. Many rural Nicaraguans who do not have access to clean water, nor the money or electricity to run a water chlorination plant in their communities. A water chlorinator costs $200 and EOS plans to install 12 in small communities, which will serve 5,000-6,000 people. This means for every $10 donated, two families are supported in staying healthy with something we take for granted - clean water.
Over the past months, I’ve placed a lot of importance on this Ironman in my life. I also want this event to be significant to others and I think the most meaningful way I can accomplish this is by supporting an organization like EOS. I am striving to raise $1,500 for EOS International. This donation would supply 7 water chlorinators to rural Nicaragua!
I would really appreciate any contribution you can make toward my goal. All donations are tax deductible. Your donation will help EOS International provide low-cost, sustainable technology to villages in Nicaragua, the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. These technologies generate income and improve health, while protecting the environment. EOS International strives to use appropriate technology to help families lift themselves out of poverty. To learn more about EOS, check out this short video:
or go to the website: http://eosinternational.org/
Please consider any help you can give to this cause. Each dollar is more than just a cheer for me on my way to Ironman victory; it is a driving force that is bringing Nicaraguans out of poverty!
All my best,
Andrea (aka future IronWoman)