Local fundraiser gives families clean water

Church members wash cars to fund clean water for families living in poverty. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

Church members wash cars to fund clean water for families living in poverty. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Although water is a vital resource, millions of people do not have access to clean water.

According to Compassion International, more than 40,00 children become ill and die each day from water related diseases, such as cholera or typhoid.

That’s why Faith Covenant Church partnered with the Armory Youth Project and local churches in Manistee, to host a car wash fundraiser supporting Compassion International. The fundraiser was held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, however participants stayed until all cars were finished.

The proceeds helped to fund bucket filtration systems to those who live in poverty, providing clean and safe water to those in need. The system removes any harsh chemicals or agents from water, and it costs $79 per system.

Kris Johns, member of Faith Covenant Church, said the fundraiser is an important mission to the church, helping children who live in poverty their entire lives.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to give water filtration systems to families in need where water is very dirty. Primarily in Africa,” Johns said. “That’s why we are doing it.”

The church does a variety of other fundraisers and missions throughout the year, typically in third world countries or villages.

On Saturday, a line of cars were parked in the Armory Youth Project parking lot at 555 First St., and around 25 volunteers helped wash, scrub and dry the cars throughout the day.

The car wash was a donation drive, so participants could give what they could afford. This was the first time Faith Covenant Church ran a car wash fundraiser, and the hope would be to hold it each consecutive year.

Robert Carpenter, executive director of the Armory Youth Project, said the fundraiser was merely a collaboration with the local churches, however he wanted to help support it.

Carpenter said the goal blends well with the Armory Youth Project’s main purpose.

“This is really an effort between the local churches to help fund Compassion International for kids in need overseas,” he said. “The reason why we exist is because of teenagers, so this goes along with our mission.”

The Armory Youth Project was started earlier this year, and aims to provide a safe space for youth to gain educational, emotional, physical and Christian spiritual support.

When collaborating with others, he said the project primarily looks for the benefit to youth.

“To us, the big part of it is we want to collaborate,” he said. “We want kids to be able get something back from community service. We ask organizations what their mission is, because our intent is to always support the youth.”

Carpenter said he hopes to collaborate with others in the community in the future, spreading the mission of the project and helping young people stay healthy, safe and grow with the support needed.

According to Compassion International, a child dies every 15 seconds due to waterborne illness. This community effort was a another step into funding the health of families who are waiting for clean water.

To donate to Compassion International or learn more about the filtration systems, visit www.compassion.com.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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