Students' Efforts are Building Wells in Africa
The young women of St. Agnes Academy, and four other Dominican high schools across the nation, worked together to raise funds to build water wells for a sister school in Kisumu, Kenya. The Our Lady of Grace Water for Life project cleared $25,721 at St. Agnes, exceeding the fundraising goal and allowing for the donation of a second borehole. Now, both Our Lady of Grace High School and OLG Primary School will each have their own wells.
“Our students truly touched the hearts of the kids at Our Lady of Grace, who now know that kids in the USA care about them and their village,” said Sr. Mary Brenda, O.P. and Associate Director of Campus Ministry at St. Agnes. “Our girls have made our first year as a sister school an amazing success.”
Preparations for the wells started months ago and it should take 126 days to complete the water project. The water tower is now up with the 10,000 liter tank on top, thanks to the hard work of the OLG students. The drilling rig and supply trucks have arrived on site ahead of schedule. In addition to funds for the much-needed wells, students also arranged to send two new LCD projectors, science posters, anatomy and cell study models, and a variety of other sports and classroom supplies.
Other Dominican schools helping with the project include St. Pius X High School, Houston, TX; Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA; Marion Catholic, Chicago, IL; and Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, NJ.