Water challenge

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Water challenge

A local parish creates a project called Give Clean Water for a village in Nicaragua.

A local parish creates a project called Give Clean Water for a village in Nicaragua.

A local parish creates a project called Give Clean Water for a village in Nicaragua.

A local parish creates a project called Give Clean Water for a village in Nicaragua.

Grant Stegman, Design Editor

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The only thing they are drinking this month is water. This effort is to raise awareness for a new village, La Danta, that Amigos for Christ will be working with to create the first ever water system. A local parish, Incarnate Word, was challenged by Amigos to raise awareness but also try to raise money for the village.

Every summer, Incarnate Word takes 100+ teenagers down to Nicaragua to work with Amigos for Christ. This time, the work is to be done in St. Louis. Members of Incarnate Word Parish are challenging schools to take part in the project. Students here that are apart of Incarnate Word’s Youth Group will be leading the charge.

“We thought it would be cool if DeSmet got involved in this project. We have sent people down there in the past,” senior Matt Dunn said. “It would be cool to see students get involved.”
The aforementioned challenge is to only drink water the entire month of January. For the money you would’ve spent on something at Starbucks or any fast food place, donate to Amigos. 

The most important thing to us is just raising awareness for how much we use water and realizing that some people don’t have the basic necessities like us.”

— Matt Dunn

“One of the ways to get involved is what we are calling the water challenge. It means trying to drink only water throughout the entire month of January,” Dunn said. “When you find yourself wanting a drink, donate the money you would’ve spent on that drink to this project.”

The idea is to raise awareness more than anything.

“Obviously it would be great if we raised a ton of money,” Dunn said. “But the most important thing to us is just raising awareness for how much we use water and realizing that some people don’t have the basic necessities like us.”

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