Global water shortages and access to clean water are critical issues in our world. Do you know that 1.1 billion of the poorest people in our world lack safe drinking water? (Source: www.water.cc) Do you know that every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related illness? (Source: www.water.org)
Concerns for water issues prompted the Sisters of St. Francis to launch the Sister Water Project (SWP) in 2006 with an initial goal of raising $42,000 in hopes of bringing clean water to sites in hopes of bringing clean water to sites in Tanzania and Honduras. As a result of reaching that goal, two wells were dug in Tanzania and volunteers traveled to Honduras to dig trenches and lay pipes that would provide water to villagers.
Fourteen years later the Sister Water Project continues to thrive. Over 250 wells and 20 water system projects have been completed and are still operating since 2006. Our desire remains strong to help bring clean water to people in need.
Join us in following along with the SWP Summer 2020 calendar to continue to help bring clean water to those most in need. The calendar begins on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, and provides information on the Sister Water Project and offers fun and thought provoking challenges for individuals to collect donations.
“We invite everyone to use this calendar as it is an important reminder of how clean water is essential in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Sister Kathy Knipper, OSF. “Many of the villagers in Honduras and Tanzania where our Sister Water Projects are installed do not have the funds to purchase hand sanitizers. Clean water to wash their hands is vital to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
We appreciate your willingness to participate in this endeavor and we thank you in advance for your consideration of the SWP mission. Please know that 100% of your donations will go to those most in need of access to clean water.