Valley Woman Raising Money for Well in Africa

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - Nearly six years ago, Freda McCarthy took a trip that changed her life. She was visiting the New Life orphanage in Ghana when bad news came.

"I was at the orphanage and a gentleman named Richard was there and he came to turn off the water," says McCarthy.

Shocked by what she was hearing, Freda jumped into action.

"I asked him not turn off the water and that when I came back to Harrisonburg, I would raise money to pay the water bill," she says.

Freda kept good on that promise and for the past four years she's been paying $500 to help keep the water running at the orphanage.

She's been doing it because she's was able to afford to do it.

"We didn't have running water. I know how precious it is to be able to go your bathroom and take a shower. --and how you can go to the kitchen and turn on the water," says McCarthy.

The purpose of the program is to raise $6,000 to build a well near the orphanage, so the 57 kids there won't have to worry about having their water shut off.

Freda has already gotten lots of help from people here in the valley, and because of that, she's already decided on a name for the well.

"I'm naming it 'Love from the Shenandoah Valley' because this is a beautiful valley and the people are beautiful and I just can't say McGaheysville or Harrisonburg or Grottoes, it's the whole valley who has helped me," she says.

Freda hopes to build the well in August of 2015 but has only met half of her goal, so she hopes others take the initiative to donate because she thinks the reward is priceless.

"Helping with the orphanage and with the women in the village and the children in the village has given me a purpose and a reason, besides myself," McCarthy says.

You can donate by attending the program at Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren on Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.


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