Dear Friends and Relations -- As many of you know, Marcy decided to celebrate her BIG birthday in 2012 by asking you to join her and her Mom, Rita, in raising money for a wonderful charity, Wells Bring Hope. The goal of this charity is to help the impoverished people in Niger, Africa, the poorest country in the world, by drilling deep clean water wells to bring healthy water to villages for the first time. This will help to cut the staggering rates of infant and childhood mortality, and it will empower the women and girls of the village to be able to attend school and have meaningful careers (through micro-financing) rather than hauling polluted river water for miles each day to use in cooking, cleaning and bathing.
It costs $5,600 to drill each well. Through your kindness and great generosity, we reached the goal to build our first well for the people of Niger, which was completed in July of 2013. We can't possibly thank those of you who contributed to the building of that well enough! In early 2014, a dedication ceremony was held in the village of Darey, where that first well is located -- please watch this short (2+-minute) YouTube video of the ceremony: You can see it here !
We hope you'll be as inspired as we were when we first saw the video -- it shows that each of us really can make a meaningful and positive difference in this world if we choose to! The lives of the 2,018 people who live in Darey have forever been changed by what those of us who donated to that first well all did together!
Throughout the rest of 2013 and 2014, many of you who donated to that first well and many others who decided to participate in this amazing project after learning about it joined in with us, and we raised enough to have funded our second well at the end of 2014. That second well was drilled in the village of Sadio Beri in rural Niger; the drilling was completed on February 23, 2015, and the well is serving the needs of the 407 people of the village. You can be sure their lives and the life of their entire community has been changed greatly forever! Again,we can't thank those of you who contributed to the building of that well enough for your kindness, caring and generosity!
In 2015, we began our efforts toward raising enough money to fund our third well for the people of Niger. This time, we decided to ask our friends and relatives to donate to this great cause as a way of honoring Rita on reaching her milestone 95th birthday!!! Many of you (both new donors and previous contributors) gave generously at the time, and you continued to support our cause into the next year, culminating with the exciting news that with your help, we completed the fundraising for our third well in celebration of Rita's 96th birthday this September!!! We are eagerly awaiting the news of the location of that well and its completion date, which we will share with all of you who so generously have made this possible!!! Again, we can't thank you enough for participating in this wonderful cause that means so much to so many!
Not being ones to sit back and be satisfied with our accomplishments, we have now begun the fundraising to be able to bring a fourth well to the people of Niger! We hope you'll consider joining us (for the first time or again) by making a tax-deductible charitable contribution to help build this fourth well. You'll be amazed at how fulfilling it feels to be able to do something that helps real people in tangible ways like this. Your generous assistance (no matter how large or how small the dollar amount) in helping us to reach that goal would be much appreciated by us and, more importantly, by the needy and deserving people of Niger!
|Anonymous Friend||02/20/2017||$100.00||Christina Jesperson||01/11/2017||$100.00||Thanks for doing this, Marcy and Rita! Tom, Christina, Kevin, Judy, Nadia||Corey Roskin||01/09/2017||$50.00||In honor of the fabulous Rita & Marcy Norton! Thanks for what you do to help others. XO - Corey||Marcy and Rita Norton||12/31/2016||$1,800.00||What a year this has been! This donation (a hundred times "chai"!) is made to thank God for all the blessings of health, happiness, friendship, peace and prosperity that we enjoy, and to wish the same for all of our friends and relations as we start the New Year!||Rick Watts||12/05/2016||$20.00||Happy 96th Birthday to Rita Norton! What a wonderful cause you're supporting -- I'm so happy to learn about it and join in to support it in your honor!||Dee Weiss||10/12/2016||$100.00||On this day of Yom Kipper we donate to help others and hope that we are forgiven for all the times we have hurt others either knowingly or unknowingly. The Weiss Family||Marcy and Rita Norton||10/11/2016||$524.00||We are so grateful to have come through this rough year with Rita doing very well now and turning 96!!! We thank God for all our blessings, and we wish our friends and relations a very happy, HEALTHY, sweet and Democratic New Year!||Robert and Lois Jacob Philanthropic Fund||08/23/2016||$50.00||Ruth Williams||01/01/2016||$50.00||To celebrate Rita's recovery and return home.||Marcy and Rita Norton||12/31/2015||$3,000.00||In gratitude for Rita's restored health and triumphant return home, and wishing all of our friends and family a happy, healthy, safe and peaceful New Year 2016!!!||Mike Norton and Henrietta Spencer||12/14/2015||$20.00||Yola Dore||10/21/2015||$20.00||Wishing a fabulous, special birthday to my fabulous, special friend Rita!||Marcy and Rita Norton||10/21/2015||$132.00||Happy, Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom, plus one to grow on, plus a 'double chai' to wish you much health and happiness in the years ahead! When do we start planning the big bash for your 100th?!?!? I Love You! Marcy||Julie Jacobson||09/30/2015||$25.00||happy 95th birthday Rita!||Marla Liberman||09/30/2015||$36.00||Belated Happy Birthday from Marla (aka "not far behind"); wishing you many more healthy and happy ones. :-)||Christina Jesperson||09/23/2015||$100.00||Happy Birthday Rita. Hope you feel better!!||Corey Roskin||09/21/2015||$50.00||Happy Happy Rita! XOXO - Corey||Susan Leonard||09/20/2015||$50.00||You guys are truly kind, caring wonderful people! Thank you for all you do.||Michael Pysno||09/17/2015||$96.00||Ruth Venerable||09/17/2015||$50.00||Nancy Steinfink||09/15/2015||$18.00||All our love and best wishes to or dear cousin Rita Norton on her 95th birthday!! Nancy and Sigmund||Anonymous Friend||09/15/2015||$95.00||Ruth Williams||09/15/2015||$100.00||In celebration of your 95th Birthday,and I can't wait until we celebrate your 100th! You bring so much joy, smiles and sincerity to everyone that I know your Birthday year will be filled with lots of love and good wishes sent your way.||Ruth Zeitzew||09/15/2015||$20.00||Muriel Berkowitz||09/15/2015||$25.00||Jeffrey Book||09/14/2015||$100.00||Happy birthday, Rita! And thanks for doing this wonderful project. It is truly an example of how to change people's lives for the better.||Gracia and Ken Akin||09/14/2015||$100.00||Rita, we wish you a wonderful birthday in your 95th year.||Robert and Lois Jacob Philanthropic Fund||09/14/2015||$50.00||Law Office of David Mason Eichman||09/14/2015||$50.00||Esther Baum||09/14/2015||$196.00||Mona and Richard Harroch||09/13/2015||$100.00||Congratulations and warmest wishes Rita on your 95th. HAve a great celebration. Mona and Richard Harroch||HAROLD GARSON||09/12/2015||$18.00||Am so glad to celebrate this birthday with my dearest cuz. I constantly think about you as a very special person in my life and how you have remembered my birthday throughout the years.||Allyne Winderman||09/12/2015||$100.00||Happy Birthday Rita!||Annette Keller||09/12/2015||$100.00||Happy, happy birthday, Rita! Much love, Annette||John D'Amico||09/11/2015||$100.00||Happy 95th Rita ! Love Keith and John||Jeanne Dobrin||04/19/2015||$25.00||Gracia and Ken Akin||03/27/2015||$100.00||Marcy, We wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more to come. Gracia and Ken||Gracia and Ken Akin||03/13/2015||$100.00||Hi Rita, This is a little donation to let you know that we are thinking of you and hope that you get home soon. All the best. Gracia and Ken||Marcy and Rita Norton||12/29/2014||$1,650.00||What a special way to end the year . . . giving enough to this terrific charity to be able to provide another well for the people of Niger! Thanks to all of our friends and relatives who've joined us in this incredible lifesaving project and who've made this possible through their generosity! Happy New Year to all of you!||Susan Leonard||11/24/2014||$100.00||Susan Nevens||11/03/2014||$100.00||Donna and Gene Saur, Dena and George||09/28/2014||$50.00||Marlene Allan||09/27/2014||$50.00||Happy 94th Birthday, Rita from Jeff and Marlene Allan||Marcy and Rita Norton||09/25/2014||$360.00||At Rosh Hashonah services today, the rabbi suggested that we all make contributions to our favorite charities to fulfill the Jewish tradition of "tikkun olam" (repairing or healing the world). In honor of our friends and family, we are making this donation (ten times the "double chai") to Wells Bring Hope as a way of wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year -- Shana Tova!||Retirement Protection Group||09/18/2014||$100.00||Hi Birthday Rita!||Mike Norton and Henrietta Spencer||09/17/2014||$50.00||Happy Birthday, Aunt Rita We love you, Mike and Henrietta For: Marcy and Rita Norton's Wonderful Water Circle||Ruth Williams||09/15/2014||$36.00||With much love and sincerest of wishes for good health, you are surrounded by so much love and many friends. I hope your Birthday is fabulous and may every day following be better than the last!!||Corey Roskin||09/15/2014||$25.00||Happy 94th birthday Rita! You look maaahvalous! XO - Corey||Gracia and Ken Akin||09/15/2014||$100.00||Happy Belated Birthday Rita!! Sorry we are late. Things have been a little hectic lately. Will try and send email late Best wishes Gracia and Ken||Larry Block||07/10/2014||$25.00||That Marcy Norton is one heck of a gal! The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.. (or well in this case).||Jeanne Dobrin||03/30/2014||$25.00||Bernice Levin||03/30/2014||$25.00||Gail Purchase-Marshall||03/30/2014||$25.00||Donna and Gene Saur||03/30/2014||$36.00||Julie Jacobson||03/28/2014||$20.00||happy birthday||Neal Zaslavsky||03/28/2014||$62.18||Happy Birthday!||Gary Shapiro||03/28/2014||$36.00||Wonderful project Marcy and Rita. In honor of our younger son's wedding on May 4, 2014, we wanted to donate a "simcha".||Bernie & Marcia Berkowitz||03/27/2014||$36.00||What you've done is amazing, and although it isn't much, we're proud to be able to help!!||Lesley Marshall||03/26/2014||$25.00||Can't afford much, but this is a great cause. Thanks for encouraging us in this, Marcy and Rita!||Gracia and Ken Akin||03/16/2014||$100.00||A few days early, but Happy Birthday Marcy. Hope to see you all this year. Gracia and Ken||Marcy and Rita Norton||12/30/2013||$2,000.00||We're so excited at the news that our first well has been completed and is serving over 2,000 people in the village of Darey in Niger!!! Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible! We're making this donation in honor of that news and to bring us closer to completing well #2!!!||Lauren Simon||09/14/2013||$18.00||In Honor of Rita's 93rd Birthday Happy Birthday Rita And Many More!||Robert Jacobson||08/09/2013||$200.00||Marcy & Rita Norton||08/06/2013||$50.00||In honor of Gil Garcetti, who introduced us to this wonderful organization and educated us on how important clean water is to the life of a community. Happy Birthday, Gil!||Marcy & Rita Norton||07/27/2013||$90.36||With a great big giant THANK YOU to our dear friend Neal Zaslavsky for his generous inclusion of our efforts to provide clean-water wells to impoverished people in Africa in his list of preferred charities to donate to for his 45th (ugh!) birthday, we are delighted to make this donation in honor of Neal's birthday with wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year being 45. And if you think that's so scary, just wait 'til you're celebrating 50, 60 or even 90. as some of us have already had to do, you Spring Chicken, you! Much Love from R & M||Anne G. Berry||06/10/2013||$20.00||Michael Norton||06/06/2013||$5.00||Sue and Joel Nevens||05/15/2013||$50.00||All the Nevens and Grandma Dorothy wish you the speedy recovery you deserve. We hope you'll be home very soon! Wishing you love....||Susan Leonard||05/14/2013||$50.00||Marcy--A contribution for your birthday, for Rita's health and in memory of David. This is such a worthwhile and important cause.||Weiss Family||05/13/2013||$100.00||Rita, We hope you get better soon and had a Happy Mother's Day. Hopefully this will bring a smile to you. The Weiss Family||Anonymous Friend||05/13/2013||$100.00||Ed Buck||05/13/2013||$100.00||Libby & Mark (& Marion)||05/12/2013||$36.00||Happy Mother's Day Rita. Hope you have many more.||Allyne Winderman||05/11/2013||$100.00||Happy Birthday!||Patricia Nell Warren||05/11/2013||$30.00||Happy birthday, Rita! This is such a wonderful way to celebrate...by giving to others. Having grown up in agriculture, I know the life-and-death value of a good well. Bless you.||Paul & Irene Oppenheim||05/11/2013||$10.00||What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. You are both such fine people. We send our love, Irene & Paul||Marla Liberman||05/11/2013||$36.00||Lauren Simon||05/10/2013||$18.18||In recognition and celebration of Marcy's past Momentous 60th Birthday.||LaurenSimon||05/10/2013||$20.18||Wishing you the Best of Health, Rita, and a Happy Mother's Day.||Rita and Marcy Norton||12/27/2012||$3,000.00||We are so grateful to all of you who have chosen to honor Marcy on her BIG birthday by contributing to this very worthy and important cause -- thank you more than we can possibly say!||Marlene and Jeff Allan||11/06/2012||$50.00||Dassi & Gary Pintar||07/14/2012||$50.00||Happy belated birthday Marcy. Thanks for the opportunity to give to this worthy cause. Love, Dassi & GAry||Esther Baum||06/25/2012||$100.00||Bernice Levin||06/25/2012||$18.00||Retirement Protection Group||06/13/2012||$50.00||Happy Birthday!||Retirement Protection Group||06/13/2012||$50.00||Happy Birthday!||Mona and Richard Harroch||06/07/2012||$100.00||Happy belated birthday Marcy! We are thrilled to make this contribution for such a worthy cause in your honor. xoxo||Mic Mandula||06/02/2012||$25.00||I am happy to donate to a cause that you believe in even if I can't believe your age!!||Law Office of David Mason Eichman||05/25/2012||$25.00||Jane Stoetzel||05/25/2012||$25.00||Gladys Lieberman||05/09/2012||$25.00||Heidi Shink||05/01/2012||$100.00||I am inspired by this. Thanks so much Marcy for giving all the contributers the gift of giving to such a beautiful cause. Heidi||Allyne Winderman||04/23/2012||$100.00||The Weiss Family||04/18/2012||$36.00||Happy Birthday, Hope you have a great celebration.||Lissa and Stuart Zanville||04/17/2012||$60.00||This is the LEAST we can do for your fixing us up on a blind date 32 years ago :) Happy Birthday!!||Anonymous Friend||04/16/2012||$50.00||Susan Leonard||04/16/2012||$100.00||Marcy--Great cause! And Happy Birthday||Michael Norton||04/13/2012||$5.00||Gene and Donna Saur||04/12/2012||$60.00||Friends of Sal Guarriello||04/12/2012||$500.00||Gracia and Ken Akin||04/07/2012||$60.00||Robin Rose||03/31/2012||$50.00||I think you will find that progressing into the 60's is fun. Wasn't it fun growing up in the 60's? Point made. All the best, Robin||Not far behind||03/30/2012||$36.00||Great way to celebrate!! I also love the micro-loans. All the best in the year(s) to come.||Corey Roskin||03/30/2012||$25.00||Great cause! Happy, Happy Birthday Marcy! XO- Corey||Annette Keller||03/29/2012||$100.00||Neal S. Zaslavsky||03/29/2012||$100.18||Mike and Henrietta||03/29/2012||$30.00||Happy Birthday to our sweet, dear and thoughtful cousin. We love you, as my mother would say, "more than tongue can tell." Mike and Henrietta||Nancy Stock||03/28/2012||$100.00||Ed Buck||03/28/2012||$100.00|