LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The students at London Elementary have spent the last week emptying their piggy banks, checking under the couch cushions and looking everywhere they can to find change, all to help people they have never met.
Change for Change in Haiti, a fundraising event in partnership with a Texas-based charity, Mountain of Hope, digs wells and provides clean drinking water for the people of Haiti.
The students’ donations will go to a village in Haiti that has toxic water. The people living in De Creve, Haiti had been living off of water from shallow cisterns they had dug but they found out that the bacteria in their drinking water is killing people.
Mountain of Hope adopted De Creve and they’re raising money for four wells to provide clean drinking water.
Hearing about De Creve, school staff, the PTO, Vineyard Community Church and many others in the community decided to do something to help.
“What they’re doing is going to the top of a mountain and digging a 4,000 feet deep well. They get generators and pump the water out of the mountain and then pipe it down to 1,000 gallon, sanitary, holding tanks in the village,” explained Jon Eppley, a teacher at London Elementary.
According to Eppley, the process is very expensive, at approximately $15,000 per well.
Students raised money all last week and, by press time Friday afternoon, they had raised a total of $1,947 and were still counting.
“What’s really amazing is that most of our students here are in need themselves,” Eppley said. “They have found a way to give out of their own need and to literally save the lives of others. It’s amazing to see people bring in piggy banks and mason jars full of change. It’s just amazing.”
Pre-K through fifth grade have been raising money through today (Monday), and a check will be mailed to Mountain of Hope on Friday, leaving time for anyone who wants to donate to do so.