A Perfect Distraction – Toilets

Lately, they have been trying to creep in. I try to shove them away or I try to ignore them. I try to focus on other things, and projects to keep my mind off of them. I try not to let them have control, but then they overwhelm me.  Those darn emotions!

My life is changing soon. In the next month, I turn 50 years old, and I have one child graduating from college, and one child graduating from high school. Grace is turning 18 next week, and in three months she will move 2500 miles away to Nashville, Tennessee to go to college at Belmont. I can’t quite process it all and I don’t want to think about the impact these things will have on my life.DSC_9118 (1)

So…instead, I am going to focus on toilets. Toilets for Tanzania my friends.  images-9

It’s a perfect thing to focus on when you have too many other emotions to process. It’s a perfect thing to think about when you feel old. It’s a fabulous distraction.images-2

Lets chat about these toilets.  toilet_mannersOk first, a big thank you to all my friends out there who have donated! We have raised about $4,000 so far. For our first project in Tanzania, we need to raise $14, 793 and my goal is to raise enough for two Compassion projects to receive toilets.

My friend Karen, who works at Compassion, has been helping me find the perfect places in the world to build some toilets.  So…we found this project in Tanzania that has been waiting four years to fund a toilet project. Without proper sanitation the children in this community suffer from cholera and typhoid, which often can lead to death in vulnerable children. There are 240 children, and 20 staff at this particular Compassion center in Tanzania, and all they have is two holes in the ground for their toilets. The children don’t want to stand around and wait in line, so they often sneak off to little corners to relieve themselves. And, in the last six months,  70% of the children at this Compassion center, have had health issues related to inadequate sanitation.

So here is what the $14, 793 will cover for this project.

Construction of a facility including:

  • 12 toilets, water systems, and water reserve tanks. The facility will be based on a new latrine model that maximizes sanitation.
  • A plumbing system will be constructed to supply water to the facility.
  • A hand-washing stand with 12 faucets will be constructed.

Plus, they will educate the children and caregivers on hygiene, and provide soap!!!

Isn’t this fabulous folks? My ultimate goal is to raise $30,000 to hopefully help two projects. This is the perfect thing to focus on instead of how I am turning old. Instead of birthday gifts, I have just told all my family and friends to help me buy toilets. I call it Potty’s for Patricia. It’s got a catchy ring to it.

So, if you want to contribute to my birthday with a tax-deductible gift, to help me not feel old, here is what you can do.

Send a check to Compassion International or call (800) 336-7676, if you want to use a credit card.

Compassion International

12290 Voyager Parkway

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

It’s super important you tell them to designate the funds to this!!!

Fund Code:  WP

Comment:  Allocated to TZ-013401 per Karen Stephenson Major Gifts Director

 Then, make sure you email me musicjones@comcast.net or Karen (who works for Compassion) at kstephenson@us.ci.org so that we can make sure the funds were properly designated.


Thank you friends! Lets buy some toilets for some kids! 


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