Church Raises Money for Clean Water in Africa

STAUNTON, Va. - Joy Boardman is a member of the Church Downtown, a congregation that meets at the Visulite Cinema in Staunton.

This Easter, the church decided to do something different to help people far away.

This project is being lead here by Charisa Knight.

"Instead of buying new clothes and new bonnets and all sorts of stuff, we were saving that money and putting it in an offering for clean water in Ethiopia," says Knight.

Called the Spring Water Project, it will supply fresh, clean spring water to Bona Kiike Kebele, Ethiopia.

Knight saw firsthand what drinking bad water can do to a child.

It affected her three-year-old son, Teshla, who is from Ethiopia.

"He had very bad bloody diarrhea actually in the beginning. In fact
when we brought him home, the outfits, he'd gone through all of them because it was just really bad."

Cholera and diarrhea are just a few of the other problems people get from drinking it the contaminated water.

"It's just very personal to us, because he easily could have been one of the statistics out there of children dying from lack of clean water," says Knight.

That's why Boardman has donated money to the effort and says that clean water is something people in the U.S. take for granted.

"It's not about us, it's about others," Boardman says, "It makes me feel good but I also want other people to help because there's only so much that I can do."

In the next few weeks, Knight and other members of the church will go to Ethiopia in hopes they can help other villages get clean and safe water.

"1400 children die per day from lack of clean water," says Knight.

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