Benedictine Students Help Bring Clean Water to Honduran Village

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Three Benedictine College students returned from Honduras this week after helping teach families how to install state-of-the art water filters in their homes. Business majors Kristen Rosser, Joyanna Deniger, both seniors, and Paulina Barrera, a junior Spanish major, were in the country representing the Thomas Hoenig Student International Business Council (SIBC).  SIBC had partnered with Louisville, Ky.- based non-profit Water with Blessings in their efforts to bring clean water to the poor in Central America.  Before traveling to Tegucigalpa, the Benedictine students each raised hundreds of dollars to buy filters, a donation that was later matched by Water with Blessings.  

 

Each year, the ecumenical social justice program teaches hundreds of women how to install and maintain water filtration systems that are 95 percent effective in eliminating water borne diseases.  Pictured at left are Kristen Rosser (right-front),  Paulina Barrera (seated-middle) and Joyanna Deniger (right-back), as they help Honduran women decorate filtration buckets during the Water with Blessings water project to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 2 - 11. Throughout the week, students demonstrated the use of the filters to groups of women, provided childcare,  led prayer reflections, translated for non-Spanish speaking team members as well as offering encouragement for small groups of women attending the training sessions.