2012: the year it all began 

For Second Mile Water, 2012 marks the year it all began.

As most of you know, earlier this year I jumped in with both feet. With a foundation of education, experience, lots of research, a mountain of hope and a touch of blind optimism, we started Second Mile Water. With big successes as well as learn-from-it failures marking our path on both sides, we pressed forward as impassioned entrepreneurs, but instead of believing we’d strike it rich, we believed that someday we could bring thousands upon thousands of people clean, safe drinking water.

As the year flew by, we connected with people. Lots of people – just like you. We found out everything we could about how to successfully launch and run an organization; we pursued mentors, we stared holes in our computer screens strategizing over our programs and marketing plans, designing our website and our marketing materials, emailing and setting up the infrastructure for an innovative, forward-thinking organization.

We began shouting from the rooftops, sharing the vision for 2MW wherever we could.

And…something amazing happened: if you’ve followed the email link here, you are one of the many who began to catch the vision for what we’re doing. Before we even had a website, before the water project in Pasmata, even before the LAUNCHPAD party, you believed in us and what we’re doing. You put your skin in the game. You helped coordinate and MC events, you connected us with people you knew, and you gave relentlessly, signing up online for the Founding Family and writing in generous checks. A youth group in Oklahoma even sent a crumpled up wad of cash in a Dixie cup, turning their pocket change to clean water. You found us a matching grant through a local organization and the Benito and Frances C. Gaguine Foundation, and after speaking at an amazing event at the Riverside in Boulder we were able to deposit a check for $15,000 that went toward the Pasmata water project. We’ve been working less than a year, and the amount of support each and every one of you has shown us has been nothing short of inspiring.

We, as Second Mile Water, are inspired. And we’re excited about what the future holds.

A few weeks ago in November, we took the money you gave and we trekked down to the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua where we’ve been working for the last 3 years. This time, instead of simply talking about what we’d do in the future to help the community get clean water, we helped facilitate the delivery of 384 bags of cement, 280 pipes, rebar, valves, and all the components to build a water system. As I write this, the community of Pasmata is hard at work alongside local engineers to build their water system. With your continued help, in April of 2013 we hope to see clean, safe water flow to each and every household in the community.

On that same trip, we drove a beat-up old Toyota 4×4 all over the Jalapa Valley, through rain, rivers, and across old rickety bridges, and met with a number of new communities that we’re looking forward to working with in 2013.

It’s hard to boil down everything that’s happened this year into a few paragraphs, much less one word, but if I had to, it would be adventure. With all its successes and failures, adventure is the only way to describe 2012. And we hope to continue this adventure with you.

We have two days left in 2012. Can you help us punctuate this year, our inaugural year, with an exclamation mark of hope as we move forward in this adventure together?

Your money is making a huge difference in the lives of people in Nicaragua, and if we haven’t said it enough, thank you.

Second Mile Water is organized as a 501c3 organization, and your gifts are tax-deductible.

DONATE ONLINE AT secondmilewater.org/donate, SEND CRUMPLED UP BILLS in DIXIE CUPS, OR MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:

Second Mile Water
PO Box 1332
Boulder, CO 80306

 

About Travis Ramos

Devoted husband & father, the co-founder of Second Mile Water, and tireless adventurer seeking to live a better story in life.

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