Many people in the world today experience moments of unjust suffering only because they lack the resources to “let them” embrace a better future. When we learned that nearly 1 billion people in our world don’t have access to clean drinking water and that everyday 4,000 children die from water related disease, we knew we had to do something. An idea emerged in the hearts of the “Let them Laugh Out Loud” creators to help bring hope to the burdened and suffering.
Laughter. Laughter is often the overflow of joy in someone’s heart. One of our founders has a unique laugh. It makes others smile and laugh when they hear it. They decided to use what they have, by putting this laugh on a ringtone. People could download the ringtone, charging their phone $3, all of that going to bring clean water to those without it. The idea was that it is more than a ring tone. It’s a voice. Every time your phone goes off, the ring tone is a reminder of the needs of others and that you can do something to bring hope into someone’s life who’s suffering. It’s an opportunity for you to tell the story to others as well, so they can get involved too.
Let them LOL was created in October 2009. Within the first 6 weeks, we had funds for our first clean water well in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Within a year, there were funds for 12. We have seen people in our community become inspired and empowered. They have come together in a grassroots effort to provide clean water to one of the poorest communities in the world.
As of October 2014, 75 wells are completed, bringing clean water to tens of thousands of people.
In March 2012, we opened a home for orphaned and impoverished children. 20 children are living in the home, and we are constructing additional home to care for more at risk children. We also have just finished construction of a primary school, and future plans include sustainable farming and a medical clinic.
A community here for a community there.
We are a grassroots organization. Schools, families, churches and individuals have all united together to bring hope through clean water. Visit the fundraising tab in the menu for ideas on how to start your own campaign! You can also go to the volunteering tab to find ways to get involved hands on. To get the original ringtone, visit iTunes search “letthemlol” on the store, download and set as your ringtone.
WHERE WE ARE
Why Sierra Leone? A destructive eleven-year rebel conflict ruined much of the country’s infrastructure and continues to have devastating effects on people’s lives. The country is ranked at the bottom of the United Nation’s Index of Developing Countries and has one of the highest under 5 mortality rates in the world. The life expectancy is 42 years old and 1 in 50 women die in child birth. In 2014 a devastating Ebola outbreak spread to Sierra Leone. And yet, despite living in extreme poverty, Sierra Leone is a beautiful country filled with resilient, beautiful people. We chose to focus on one region, in one of the poorest country in the world. Our hope is that over time, we will be able to see a lasting impact of real, sustainable change.