Dordt College News

'Drop in the bucket' will build wells

March 1, 2009

Dordt College students are launching a project this week to raise funds to dig wells in developing countries through the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).

The goal of the well project is to raise funding for five wells — $1,250 — between February 18 and March 11.

Students and faculty members are being encouraged to skip one snack and instead pledge that dollar to the well-sponsoring campaign. Each resident hall will be challenged to raise enough funds for one well, as will the Southview and East Campus apartments.

“If everyone on Dordt’s campus just gave a dollar, we would be able to surpass this goal,” Licht said. “That’s equivalent to a pop or a bag of chips.” Because of the affordability of the project, Licht believes that five wells is an attainable goal.

“The great thing about CRWRC is that they are so efficient with the funds they receive,” Licht said. “This is also a familiar organization that the Dordt College community has partnered with before.” Through CRWRC, wells can be dug for $250 a piece because all the materials, equipment, and labor come directly from the country in which the wells are being dug.

More than 1 billion people in developing countries lack access to safe, drinking water, according to the United Nations’ World Health Organization. These numbers are intensified by natural disasters in countries like Haiti and Burma.

“We don’t know for sure which countries will be the recipients of the wells we fund, but Haiti and Burma are likely candidates due to the natural disasters they have encountered there,” said Gabe Licht, the student coordinator for the campaign.

Donations may be dropped off at the Dordt College Campus Ministries Office. Checks should be made to CRWRC with “Dordt College Well Project” in the memo line, and can be sent to Well Project C/O Dordt College Campus Ministries, 498 Fourth Ave. NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250.

Individuals may also make tax-deductable donations directly to CRWRC by sending a check to: CRWRC-US, 2850 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0001


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