Local students ‘put love into action’ with drive to provide clean water to Honduran village

Students at Grand Haven Christian School this year are learning the value of good water and, at the same time, helping those in Honduras who don't have it. Teacher Kirsten Terborg annually chairs the school's theme committee. This year's theme is "Thirsty.' A Bible verse from I John 3:18 was selected to go along with the theme: "Dear children, don't just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love.'
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Oct 8, 2011

 

“Doing the laundry, washing the dishes, taking a shower, getting a drink — these and countless other daily activities all involve one of the world’s most valuable natural resources, water,” Terborg said. “And yet, when is the last time you’ve stopped and thanked God for access to safe water? In America, water is frequently taken for granted.

“Travel to a village in Honduras and you can meet a family who will not name their daughter until she has reached the age of 5, as it is customary for many to die from waterborne diseases prior to that age,” Terborg continued. “One child dies every 18 seconds as a result of not having safe water to drink. This isn’t right!”

The students at Grand Haven Christian School aim to make a difference. This year they are partnering with Thirsting to Serve, a nonprofit organization established by Grand Haven Rotary District 6290. 

This organization is saving lives by donating Hydraid Biosand water filters. These simple filter systems can provide safe water for 8-10 people for more than 10 years.

Some Honduran women and children are spending 6-8 hours a day walking to collect water that is contaminated. By having one of these filters available, this all-encompassing chore can now produce clean water in the end, according to Grand Haven Rotarians.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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