Paper for Water is a local non-profit organization started almost eight years ago by Isabelle and Katherine Adams (5 and 8 years old at the time). The mission was born out of their desire to help other girls world-wide who do not get to go to school because they spend their days hauling water. Isabelle and Katherine also learned that a child died every 15 seconds from unclean water and they wanted to make a change. They decided to begin folding origami ornaments such as the one pictured here, and trade them for donations. The money they raised would go to water projects in developing countries. They began with the goal of raising $500 over the course of a month. By the end of two months, however, they had eclipsed this goal, raising nearly $10,000.
Following the success of this, they decided to keep at it. Over the past eight years they have raised nearly two million dollars and funded over two hundred water projects around the world.
Travis Nolan, president and founder of ADROIT Origami, began volunteering with Paper for Water last year. After attending Paper for Water’s seven year anniversary last fall, Travis was inspired by the announcement of the 2020 challenge and the keynote speech. He got his high school class (at Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving) to commit to raising twenty thousand dollars before the end of 2019 – enough to fully fund a water well in Kenya. Travis, classmates, and members of ADROIT have been working towards this goal since, folding ornaments, running booths at events, and promoting. They have chosen the name “Well Done 2020” as the title of their fundraising project.
They have made a lot of progress, but still have a ways to go. The ornament pictured here is an example of what they are folding and trading for donations. If you are interested in supporting this cause or receiving an ornament for a donation, there are several ways to donate!
Donate to our project directly through Paper for Water’s website here
Thank you for your support!