Party on FB for the Late Etta Turner to Raise Funds for LatrinesJanuary 25th, 2011 by Chris Henry
I never met Etta Turner, but I suspect she would have loved to celebrate her 25th birthday with a party centered on latrines.
Etta, a Rotary exchange student and Port Orchard resident, was killed at age 16 in a bus accident in Bolivia. Her mother Pennye Nixon-West founded Etta Projects in her daughter’s memory.
The non-profit organization helps residents of the Bolivian town that became Etta’s second home. Projects are aimed to improve the quality of life especially for children, not just put a Band-aid on it.
“No somos un proyecto de caridad. La comunidad y Proyecto Etta creamos oportunidades,” Nixon-West and Etta’s friends say. “We’re not a charity. We’re co-creators of opportunity.”
Etta, during her stay in Bolivia, showed herself fiercely dedicated to social justice. Etta Projects‘ latest effort seeks to provide areas without proper bathroom facilities with safe and ecologically sound latrines at a cost of about $500 a pop.
Pennye forwarded me a letter from some of Etta’s friends who are hosting a party for her on Facebook and seeking donations for the latrines, “because everyone deserves a private, clean and safe pooper.”
Here’s the letter:
Hola from Britta and Cody (Etta’s childhood friends)!
We are celebrating Etta’s 25th birthday – by throwing her a party of $25 donations to Etta Projects!!! Everyone’s invited! We need your help – we miss our friend and this is one way we can honor her. Your kind contribution would be the perfect birthday gift to help Etta look out for the people in Bolivia.
As some of you may already know, this Tuesday, January 25th will be Etta’s Quarter of a Century Birthday. In honor of her birthday we’d like to invite everyone to participate in the second annual Etta’s Birthday fundraiser. It’s simple, every year on Etta’s birthday we want to try and get as many people as we can to donate money to her cause.
This year we want to encourage everyone to help out with the ecological bathroom project! The “bathroom” situation down there is shitty and they need our help! We need to get them ecological bathrooms! That means a waterless toilet that provides a safe, nonpolluting and cost effective solution to sanitation problems. A bathroom (which includes construction materials, labor, health education and promotion, project administration and monitoring & evaluation) costs $498.14… We hope that our participation and support for Etta’s Birthday this year can help many families get the bathroom that they need.
Thank you for your help! Thank you for giving a crap about their crappy bathroom conditions and the need to do something about it!
Cheers to Etta!
How to donate: http://www.ettaprojects.org/donate.aspx
When: Week of January 25th
To see more about the ecological composting latrines Etta Projects facebook page has a description and diagram http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Etta-Projects-Proyectos-Etta/103559636703 We will soon have a whole page on our website.
Thank you and please consider celebrating with a $25 donation
because everyone deserves a private, clean and safe pooper.
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