If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.Proverbs: 21:13

Good News Flows Uphill

Good news comes in all shapes and sizes. A cold drink on a hot day. A square meal. A new pair of shoes. A visit by a good friend. A foot pump. An encouraging word….

Wait. Back up. A foot pump?

Yes, that’s right. When that cool drink means scooping water up from a murky steam…

girl with muddy water

Whose Reality Counts?

…and hauling it up a steep mountainside.

Hauling water uphill.

Then, a simple foot pump is great news.

The first test of a Dreams InDeed dream is that the poor recognize it as good news.

For years, one of our dreamer teams has lived in remote areas, silently hauling muddy water on their backs up rough trails. Their dream is abundant life for one of the most marginalized tribal groups in their nation.

Abundant Life: Simple Yet Profound.

But the more we talked with them, the more we realized that water access was a key component of that dream. Without water access, hands are not washed. Toilets are not used. Dishes are not cleaned.

Then disease spreads. And kids die.

more things moving uphill.

But Dreams InDeed is not staffed with hydrology experts. Nor appropriate technologists. Nor extreme affordability engineers.

Nor do we need to be.

A Friend In Need.

That’s where our Dreams InDeed “networking” function comes into play. Networking is not mere schmoozing over drinks. Or double-click “friending.” Or being “linked-in.”

a foot pump

No, by networking we mean weaving lasting human relationships. Aligned values and shared visions propel us to get our hands dirty together. Dreams plus talent leverages change!

Woven over three decades, the global network for this remote tribal dream wound from Amman to Bangkok, added threads via Addis Ababa and Indiana, looped through Oxford and Stanford, and then converged with providential joy in Himalayan foothills.

There we discovered an extreme affordability engineer who had designed affordable foot pumps for Asian subsistence farmers. We invited him to join us to devise sustainable water access solutions in remote areas off-limits to foreigners.

A Friend InDeed.

bamboo catchment

Dreamer and engineer teamed up to test water foot-pumps, design bamboo rainwater catchment systems, train remote team members, and pack up equipment for motorcycle delivery to villages where running water is still almost unimaginable.

The engineer found a niche to serve. The dreamer advanced on his dream. And Dreams InDeed had the joy of nurturing that win-win match.

Yes We Can, Together.

Rugged individualists may prefer to go it alone. But that doesn’t deliver dreams. Even Solomon grasped the wisdom of sustainable synergies. We need each other:

“Two are better than one for they have a good return for their labor…A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”

Together, we can bring dreams to life among the poor in hard places. Yes, you too! Introduce and encourage. Volunteer and advise. Understand and intercede. Contribute and invest.

Double Your Impact Now.

two guys on a footpump

Dreamer networks are expanding the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. A little goes a long way in their incredibly cost-effective networks.

We aim to fulfill our commitments to dreamers with $50,000 this month to strengthen them to continue to make good news tangible in hard places.

Last quarter, we fulfilled the match challenge of three Dreams InDeed stakeholders.

This month, two more have stepped up to pledge a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $25,000 to double the impact of your contribution to Dreams InDeed by 30 June 2014.

Won’t you join the network by making a gift with doubled impact this month to strengthen dreamers making good news tangible in hard places?

Janice Hayashi Haskell
Vice-President for Program Development

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