Update: Fund raising events held April 12-13, 2013 were more successful than we could have imaged! Our heartfelt thanks to Maddy, Jackie, Victoria, Sarah, and all those who supported these events with such enthusiasm and generosity. The water system at the Homestead has already begun, and production will continue for the next 30-60 days. Photos and video of the events will be posted here soon. This page will also be updated priodically to reflect progress on the water project. Thank you!

Judge Memorial Catholic High School students and advisors volunteered to provide clean water for the Heartwood Orphan Homestead as their 2013 Rotary Interact and Africa Outreach club efforts.

Event Photos and Donation
These photos were taken at the Banquet on April 13, 2013. Those with a watermark are available for a donation, to be printed and mailed to you, or downloaded (hi-res, no watermark). Thank you to Alexa Watson, student photographer.

4×6 delivered print $3 – 5×7 delivered print $5 – 8×10 delivered print $7 – Hi-res electronic image file $2.50 each

1. Determine which photo(s) you wish to purchase by donation. Jot down the photo ID number (bottom right corner), the size of print you would like, and quantity of each print. Figure out the total donation amount.
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4. Make sure your mailing address is correct if you chose to have photos printed and delivered.
5. Click the yellow payment button at the bottom of the page.

How were funds raised?
Creative fund raising events – planned and implemented by JMCHS students and advisors – consisted of the following:

  • Jeans for Jesus – Students and faculty donate $5 or more to wear jeans instead of school uniforms for a day. April 12, 2013 ($1,500 raised)
  • Annual Benefit Banquet – All-volunteer public banquet featuring top rate African cuisine, silent auction, and live african drumming entertainment. $25 per ticket, available from JMCHS Interact club students. See flier here. ($3,800+ raised)
  • Silent Auction at Banquet. ($3,000+ raised)
  • Direct donations from public and private donors. ($3,000+ raised)
  • Rotary Club luncheon. ($ TBD raised)

How will funds be used?
The fund raising goal for this project is $10,000+. Donations will be used for exclusively for direct costs associated with providing clean water for the Heartwood Orphan Homestead, including:

  • Hand dug well and hang pump – (Started march 7, 2013) Materials and labor required to dig a 35′ deep hand dug, reinforced with 3′ concrete culverts, and fitted with an AfroDev hand pump. $2,000
    • completed March 2013
  • Submersible solar pump and storage tank – 3-4 thousand gallon storage tanks elevated on a 25′ concrete tower, with a submersible pump powered by solar energy. $5,000-$7,000.
    • Start April 2013
  • Gravity distribution system – PVC pipe underground distribution lines to carry water from the tank to each Shared Hygiene Facility (5), providing clean water within the community for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing. $3,000-$4,000.
    • Start May 2013

Q: How much of my donation goes to provide clean water? A: All of it! 
Students encourage everyone to purchase tickets to the Banquet, as well as donate directly to Africa Heartwood Project, because Africa Heartwood Project is:

  • All volunteer – Directors and project managers are not compensated for their time in planning and executing AHP projects. There are no compensated leadership positions at Africa Heartwood Project.
  • No overhead – We operate with no overhead or marketing budgets. All rent, operating expenses, and marketing costs are donated by DjembeDirect.com.
  • 100% of donations go to project implementation – All funds collected for this event and this project will be used exclusively for completing this water project at the Heartwood Homestead.
  • Donations are tax deductible – JMCHS and Africa Heartwood Project are 501c3 non-profit public charities, which means that any donations, tickets, or silent auction donations are eligible as tax deductions.

Photos from the Heartwood Homestead in Liberia. Includes photos of making the hand dug well starting March 7, 2013.

How do I know this project will be a success?
Africa Heartwood Project has completed 6 successful bore hole Village Water Projects in Ghana at $5,000-$7,000 each, with additional projects currently underway. We have completed one successful hand dug well in Liberia, and will be using the same water contractor for this project. Learn more about our Village Water Project successes!


Slideshow of the Heartwood Homestead raw land

Slideshow of building designs and campus layout

What is Africa Heartwood Project?
You’ll soon know by watching this short video!