Sisters to Celebrate 10 Years of Completed Water Projects


The Dubuque Franciscan Sisters are celebrating 10 years of completed water projects as part of their Sister Water Project.  To honor this milestone, the sisters will gather for a celebration with their associates and benefactors at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 21, at the American Trust Rivers Edge Plaza Pavilion, 400 E. 3rd St., Dubuque.  The celebration will highlight the generosity of donors as well as share stories about how the Sister Water Project has impacted the lives of the beneficiaries. The public is invited to attend.

In 2006, the Sisters of St. Francis set a lofty goal of raising $42,000 to launch the Sister Water Project to bring clean water to villagers in Honduras and Tanzania. Months were spent studying, discussing and praying about global water issues to fulfill the sisters mission statement of “living in right relationship with all of creation.” Sisters and associates started to spread the word about their goals of bringing clean water to villagers in Tanzania and Honduras.  They gave talks at parishes, met with donors, and did interviews, which led to partnerships in the Dubuque community.

In May 2007 the first Sister Water Project was completed in Rauya and Sanya Juu, Tanzania, Africa. Nine simtanks were installed for storm water collection for the villagers in both of these communities. In November of 2007, a 30-member mission team helped install a potable water system in the village of Pozitos in Honduras.

Since 2007 the Sister Water Project has completed a total of 163 water projects in Tanzania and 20 water systems in Honduras.  Today there are 225,000 villagers in Honduras and Tanzania who have access to a Sister Water Project well, simtank, or water system.

This has been accomplished in collaboration with partners Safe Water for Life and Dignity (SWLD) of Tanzania, the Rotary Club, Catholic Relief Services, and hundreds of parish, group, and individual donors. Since its inception, the Sister Water Project has raised more than $1,000,000.

“We are proud of our community commitment and grateful for all those who have joined us in this effort,” said Sister Kathy Knipper, OSF.  “The continued need is immense, the challenge remains, and our commitment is unwavering.

For more information about the Sister Water Project, click here or contact Sister Kathy Knipper, OSF at (563) 583-9786 or