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Fundraisers will help Olympia group fight cholera in Africa

Pictured left to right: Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper, Friendly Water for the World board chariman David Albert and Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum are shown next to a BioSand Water Filter in the City Hall council chambers. The council issued a proclamation Oct. 13 in honor of the non-profit organization’s efforts to eliminate cholera at orphanages in Africa.
Pictured left to right: Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper, Friendly Water for the World board chariman David Albert and Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum are shown next to a BioSand Water Filter in the City Hall council chambers. The council issued a proclamation Oct. 13 in honor of the non-profit organization’s efforts to eliminate cholera at orphanages in Africa. Friendly Water for the World

Olympia-based group Friendly Water for the World will host two fundraisers this weekend as part of its “We Stopped Cholera” campaign.

“An Evening with Meriwether Lewis” will feature humanities scholar and radio host Clay Jenkinson at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 23) at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students.

Another fundraiser will feature a Moroccan food cooking class from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bayview Thriftway School of Cooking, 516 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. Cost is $40. A We Stopped Cholera victory dinner with Moroccan food will begin at 7:30 p.m. at 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. Cost is $45.

Friendly Water for the World has been installing water filtration devices at orphanages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Known as BioSand Water Filters, the devices remove bacteria, viruses, protozoa and worms, according to the group.

The effort has eliminated cholera — a waterborne infection of the small intestines — in all orphanages in the city of Goma at a cost of $1,980, according to the group. To commemorate the effort, the Olympia City Council recently issued a proclamation that declared the week of Oct. 17-24 as We Stopped Cholera Victory Week.

The upcoming fundraisers will help the nonprofit group raise money to continue its efforts in other nations, including Kenya, India, Burundi, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Ethiopia and more.

For tickets, email drissia@friendlywater.net or call 206-886-7474. To learn more about Friendly Water for the World, contact 360-918-3642 or visit friendlywater.net.

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