Monday, February 22, 2010
The Bucket Brigade
These are pictures from the founding meeting of The Bucket Brigade on January 9. This new charitable organization is the brainchild of Monique Doyle Spencer (seen above) after meeting Samuel Kuacliet (below). It is further described in a Boston Globe story today by Adrian Walker.
Samuel's village in southern Sudan was attacked in 1987 when he was tending the cows, and at age 6 he and his family walked 1000 miles to Ethiopia to escape. A number of the refugees were eaten by lions along the way, or starved, or otherwise perished. After the war between Eritrea and Ethiopa erupted, they returned to Sudan. During this rainy season walk, a number of refugees were eaten by crocodiles, or starved, or otherwise perished. They were forced to leave Sudan again in 1992, this time to Kenya.
In 2001, Samuel managed to immigrate to the USA. Seventeen years later, he returned to his village in Sudan and saw his mother again. During that intervening period, he did not know whether she was alive or dead.
He brought back money and goods for his community. When Monique heard this story, she decided to start a charity to provide direct assistance to this village, called Yirol. As noted on the website:
We’ve adopted one village. We’re a group of volunteers, so the overhead will be minimal. Each year, our volunteer will go home and, working with the villagers, assess the highest needs.
That’s when we spring into action, wiring funds directly to merchants and our volunteer. We monitor every penny and encourage new ideas to help the people of the village develop self-reliant ways to survive.
I was honored to be asked to serve as a founding member of this board. I hope you will find the story compelling and contribute funds to serve this small corner of the world.
Posted by Paul Levy at 2/22/2010 11:18:00 AM