Students help provide clean water as part of confirmation project

Front row from left are Danny Feldkamp, Nate Ries, Will Jossart; back row, Joe Imbus, Mrs. Debra Imbus, Devin Carroll, Ryan Holbrook, Jake Bridges, Mrs. Kristyn Jossart, Ronnie Ehemann.
A small group of eighth grade boys from Immaculate Heart of Mary, after learning about how some people in our world cannot find clean drinking water, decided to do something to help.

As part of their preparation for Confirmation, this group, led by Mrs. Imbus and Mrs. Jossart, learned that four thousand children a day die from unclean drinking water, and clean water is inaccessible to about a billion people worldwide. They recently completed their fund-raising efforts and have raised over $1,000 to benefit The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program.

Two anonymous businesses are willing to match 50 percent of their earnings, which will double their intake to over $2,000. About half will go to the PUR water project and the rest will aid Comboni Mission Center in building a “Protection Well” in Uganda.

The process of the PUR water project is simple. First, the contents of one “PUR” packet are poured into a large jar of dirty water.

After about 10 minutes, the dirt and parasites separate from the clean water and sink to the bottom of the jar. Next, water from the big jar is poured into a smaller jar with a paper towel filter on top of it. The fibers in the paper towel catch the bad particles, separating them from the clean water. Just like that, the former dirty water becomes drinkable.

“For just one penny, a four gram packet of ‘PUR’ chemicals can purify 10 liters of dirty, contaminated water. One dollar gives someone 50 days of clean drinking water. Thirty dollars is enough to supply a family of four with clean drinking water for an entire year.

“Soon, agencies working with P&G and The Cincinnati Foundation will use all the donated money from this group of boys to deploy boxes of purifying packets to the neediest areas. Along with Africa, the boxes will be sent to earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile.

This process is extremely beneficial and will save a great number of lives by supplying them with one of our most basic needs. Both the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Comboni Mission Center are doing incredible things, and the more donations they receive, the more people they can help.