On Saturday, September 24, the Dubuque Franciscans hosted the Sister Water Project Walk at Mount St. Francis.
The walk was held to show solidarity for the 14 service team members who traveled to Honduras with the Sister Water Project on the morning of September 24. The volunteers, who have joined Sisters Pat Farrell, OSF, and Mary Beth Goldsmith in Honduras, are helping make potable water accessible to people in the rural village of La Iguala, near the town of Gracias in Lempira by digging trenches, laying PVC pipes, and installing a water tank and pump.
Over 100 sisters, associates, and Mount St. Francis employees participated in the Sister Water Walk and raised a total of $3680. Participants of the walk wore T-shirts with the Sister Water logo and a quote from W.H. Auden: “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” The quote was also printed on the T-shirt in Spanish and Swahili, which are the native languages of Honduras and Tanzania where the Sister Water Project is working to provide safe water to villagers.
Sisters, associates, and staff also donated 1,504 bottles of water at the event. Resources Unite, a non-profit in Dubuque, will deliver the water bottles collected to residents in Flint, Michigan, in October.