Luxury Tax

June 3, 2007

Luxury-TaxAs part of our commitment to the people of Limpopo, Zimbabwe, the Journey is raising money to help World Vision’s local water & sanitation projects (WatSan). Clean water is one of the world’s greatest and simplest needs.

So we are playing a Monopoly-like game called Luxury Tax. What I like about it is that it’s not just about raising money (charity), but is about increasing our awareness (justice).

Unfortunately our family will miss next Sunday’s hoopla of gathering the money together: school is out, so we are taking a week’s vacation. So we tallied up our “tax” and gave it this morning. You can play, too — click the link above!

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

6 responses to Luxury Tax

  1. That is a really neat idea!

  2. I wanted to read up on Limpopo, so I typed it in on Google… and your blog was the third result down. Thinking of you and yours!

  3. I appreciate the work, having worked myself for the last 25 years in water supply in Africa. However, let us not forget that most of the water services are still not sustainable without donor support.
    One of the reasons being is that handpumps require too many spare parts. These parts are often not available locally, and the handpump is abandoned, while all investment in that water point is lost.
    We therefore developed a handpump that will work for 25+ years without spares, form 1 to 100 m deep, for more info, see our website http://www.handump.org
    Also, water quality remains a problem at home, to solve this problem, we developed the “Kisii filter bucket” a low-cost house hold solution. Info on that also on our website http://www.handpump.org
    If people want to read more about WatSan (Water & Sanitation) issues, you can virit and join
    http://www.watsan.org

  4. Yes Helen, it is! I especially like the way it engaged our whole family.

  5. Aimee, I guess there are not too many people blogging about Limpopo. Where are the other Journey bloggers?

  6. Paul, thank you for coming by and sharing challenges I had never considered.