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Carthage College funds a well in Ethiopia

  • The exterior of the A. F. Siebert Chapel on the Carthage College campus.
    The exterior of the A. F. Siebert Chapel on the Carthage College campus.
    Carthage College


Debra Clark

September 19, 2013

The enthusiastic support of the Carthage community has helped to raise $1,000 to build a fresh water well in Ethiopia, supporting the efforts of the non-profit organization Water to Thrive.

Sponsored through the Chapel Office, fundraising efforts took place all across campus during the 2012-2013 academic year. Our first well was funded through generous offerings at Homecoming and Family Weekend worships; the Celebration of Faith concert; a CAB aquatic water event and a Kappi Pi art auction; and through offerings from student organizations CUMBYA and Lambda Kappa.

Water to Thrive has provided these Google map coordinates for the well location: 9.181407; 037.4260596. The well will be built in the Ethopian state of Oromia, the city of Gelan. It will be part of the Gelan 1 project which serves approximately 400 households representing about 3,000 people, 45 percent of whom are below the age of 15.

The website shares even more information about this project and other fresh water wells completed and under construction in Ethopia (and other rural African areas).

The Carthage community has already funded nearly 35 percent toward a second well. Donations can be forwarded to the Chapel Office.

Thank you for your support in bringing fresh water and new life to Ethopia.