Paper for Water

“…the water I will give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus, John 4:14

How many times a day do YOU use water? Taking a sip from a water fountain, filling up a water bottle, taking a bath, washing your dishes, boiling water to cook mac n’ cheese, washing your clothes, flushing the toilet…and it’s always just a step away! For us, clean water appears at the simple turn of a faucet! If you’re like me, you usually take this simple life-giving source for granted. But that was before I met the “Paper for Water” girls. At the ages of 8 and 5, Isabelle and Katherine learned that there are children around the world who do not get to attend school because they spend their days hauling water for their families. They also learned that a child dies every 20 seconds from unclean water, and they decided to take action. They used their talent and skills at origami-making to raise money for wells and more for thirsty, needy communities. Since they founded “Paper For Water” in 2012, they have raised over 1.5 Million Dollars, and have funded over 170 water projects in 17 countries!

Just in time for Spring and Easter when we talk about “New Life,” the Day School is excited to be raising money to fund a well in a thirsty community in Honduras. The goal is $5,000 by Easter, and I know we can do it! For every $100 that is raised, our students will see a beautiful origami butterfly appear (made by the girls and their team of volunteers) in Wight Garden to show our progress. Butterflies are a symbol of new life and resurrection at Easter, and that is just what our well will be offering children and mothers in Honduras…a new life with freedom to be healthier, to have more time to play, to go to school, to make more choices, and to have better opportunities. The final day of collecting will be at our Family Easter Service on Thursday, April 18th

The students and teachers are so excited about our Day School Spring Outreach Project, and we want to make sure all our families “catch the wave” of excitement! Beyond your donations, you can “partner” with us at home as you talk about the value of water with your children. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Make a simple “water journal”. Have your child make a tally mark every time they turn on a faucet, flush a toilet, drink or use water in a day.
  • Take the “water bucket” challenge. Try cutting back by just one 2-gallon bucket/ person. (Shorter showers, not-so-full baths, never let your faucets run, wash dishes with soapy water on one side, and rinse water in the other, conserve flushes, hand watering of plants and lawn, repurpose water to use every drop).
  • Take the “Change” Challenge: For one day or one week, Place a coin jar in a central spot in your home. Every time a person in your home uses water (including flushes), they must deposit a coin in the jar to collect money for our “Paper for Water” outreach project. This will help each family member be more mindful of and grateful for the water they are using, and might just help you cut back your own family water usage.

For information on how to give, plus more ideas for engaging your child in this project, download the flyer

Thanks for working with us to transform life for families in Honduras, and hearts here in Dallas. 

Lowry Manders
Outreach Team