Banquet at Varsity Hall
Friends and supporters,
We’re happy to write to you from our annual winter hiatus. While our university break has been a chance to recharge the batteries, we’ve also been gathering up momentum and lessons from the past several months to carry into the next semester. The past has taught us that losing sight of our impending trip to Lingira in the summer can make for hurried and disorganized preparations. Hence, engendering focus and drive to create lasting change on the Island is a priority for our work in Madison. That said, confidence in the group is high and you can expect another year of sharing knowledge, cultures, and experiences with the people of Lingira.
Most development groups are fortunate to not be subject to the forces of graduation. Losing many of our best and brightest last spring became a significant hurdle to overcome before we could strike out productively. But, through patience and frequent lectures about Lingira from past travelers, we’ve put together a new group of people excited to give their best for our projects. A lot of this was cemented in our fall organizational elections where some deserving members found positions in the organization to ply their knowledge.
The management elected to make this fall semester focused on pushing members to think developmentally (and also about fundraising.) The fruition of the first will be observed in the coming months, but the latter goal was achieved very satisfactorily. Two major components were a matching drive on globalgiving.org in October and our fall banquet. We enjoyed a great show of support on both occasions. The banquet will be a model to emulate in coming years. It included good food in a beautiful location with the most generous attendees imaginable. Thank you to all who attended.
The coming months for EDGE are some of the most fulfilling; we get to decide how we specifically want to manifest our vision for Lingira in several tangible projects. Our first goal is to revisit the garden and try to guide its developmental potential through extensions. These might include a water pump, poultry to combat pests and fertilize, and starting a community seedbed, which would sell seeds to community members or send them home with students. We also aim to do projects with students to push their cultural and social boundaries, with the ultimate goal of global awareness and open colloquy between peers and generations. “Silence” and short fields of vision can entrench poor decision-making and chip away at individuals’ ability to control their own futures. While we will pursue other research projects, we’ll share a final taste of our plans for the summer. We’ve partnered with an engineer who designed a low-cost, effective, and efficient household water filter. We’ll be subsidizing and distributing around 100 filters, which enable many hundreds to have access to safe water and take ownership of the filters and their health. (Our other globalgiving project page will host a 2:1 matching campaign throughout February, if you wish to support this project specifically.) This departs a little from our normal scope and scale of projects, but the possible impacts from this make it impossible to not pursue. We’re excited to make it happen.
It’s great to talk on this platform, but inevitably, our blog (wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com) is much more frequently updated. That’s as good a place as any to stay in touch.
We’d like to extend another kind thank you for your support in helping us sharing our vision of dignified and fruitful living with Lingira Island. Together, we’re helping a community advance itself in ways unimagined before.