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Spring Eco-Challenge: Water

Spring Eco-Challenge: Water

EcoChallenge: Water

The Eco-Challenge was initiated this past Fall with the intent to create a specific ‘challenge’ project that will have a lasting positive impact on the quality of education that PZ students will receive and will be completed in a way that is eco-friendly.  The water component of the project is our first priority and is 57% complete ($12,000 raised to date).  We need to raise $9,000 more to build three water tanks at partner schools.

Funds from the Fall 2015 Eco-Challenge have been used to purchase the necessary equipment and supplies to make the eco-friendly curved bricks that will become rainwater collection tanks. Historically, the process for making baked mud bricks required the death of several trees for every structure. This new process requires no baking, it costs less, looks better and builds stronger, longer-lasting structures. Our initial goal is to build 3 water tanks at partner schools along with rain gutters and necessary materials to provide clean water for each school and teacher’s home.


  • $3,000 – Curved Brick Press (Funded by Bruce and Jackie Erickson)
  • $7,500 – Brick Storage Building
  • $10,500 – 3 Rain Water Tanks at $3,500 each

SUBTOTAL $21,000 – RAISED $12,000 – NEEDED $9,000                                 

The Spring Eco-Challenge will be launched in conjunction with the Little Libraries project. Project Zawadi is actively seeking individuals and groups who are willing to lead this initiative. Please consider joining us at one of the following levels.

Platinum level – $10,000
Gold level – $5,000
Silver level – $2,500
Bronze level – $1,000

Lead donors will be honored in the annual Project Zawadi newsletter and their names will appear on a plaque on at least one of the structures.

DONATE or PLEDGE by Friday, April 22
and celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

Donate Online Now

When donating online please note : “ECO-CHALLENGE” in the designation field.

Alternate methods of giving or pledging your gift:
To Pledge a gift by April 22, 2016 you can email or submit the paper donation / pledge form. Pledged gifts must be fulfilled by June 30, 2016.
Donations by check can be made out to “Project Zawadi” and mailed to 253 Duke Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Click here for paper donation / pledge form.
Thank you to our initial Lead Donors!
Gold Level – Bruce and Jackie Erickson Bronze Level – Tim and Lisa Benroek, Megan and Barrett Ellis, Malcolm and Mary Morris, Azim Rawji and Robin Van Liew