First annual IMAGE Project event nets $4,000

Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 11:58 am


On July 24, a reception was held to acquaint local residents with The IMAGE Project and to raise funds for its East Africa initiatives. The event, held at the Historic Carlson House at Firefly Acres in Rush City, was attended by about 130 people and raised just over $4,000 which will be used to dig a well and install a pump for access to safe drinking water for the Maasai people of Tanzania.

Deb Pangerl is co-founder and executive director of The IMAGE Project, an organization dedicated to empowering Maasai women through education and economic opportunities. Pangerl said, “I am overwhelmed by the support our friends and neighbors showed at our first formal fundraising event. We look forward to using the funds to install a well and pump so clean water will be available year around. This one improvement in a Maasai village will change the lives of the people by helping maintain health, an instrumental component of successful education and economic development initiatives.”

Access to water will help ensure an adequate supply of food as drought conditions during much of the year makes growing even small gardens nearly impossible. It is not uncommon for families to establish eating schedules of every second or third day. On any given day, a Maasai mother may have to decide which of her children will eat and which will not.

The Rush City event was appropriately themed “An Evening of Possibilities.”  Pangerl welcomed the guests with an opportunity to imagine. She said, “Imagine if your voice was never heard. Imagine not being able to dream of ever going to school…That is the reality of many of the Maasai women.” On behalf of The IMAGE Project, Pangerl thanked the guests for making it possible to help change this current reality.

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