St John's students fight drought in Africa

Preschool students in Mrs. Allen's class deposit their contributions to the all-school effort to raise money for the Living Water project in Kitui, Kenya.

St. John the Baptist students in PreK-6th grade completed an important water development project in partnership with the Living Water campaign to support the drought-stricken area of Kitui, Kenya, in Africa lin late May.   

Coordinated by the student council, the Vermillion students raised $1,518, against their goal of $672, by collecting coins from family members, relatives and community members. The coins were collected in water bottles. They also received an extra donation of $300 from the St. John the Baptist parish St. Anne's Council of Catholic Women organization.   

Water is often scarce in this dry region of Africa and student-raised funds will help to build water tanks and dams to hold and store water during the brief rainy season. A lack of water remains in Kitui for basic personal hygiene needs, cooking and farming, as well as sacramental use for baptisms.   

"It's wonderful that these Catholic school children and their teachers are remembering the importance of their own role in Church missionary work. I've traveled to Kitui several times. The money the Vermillion students raised will make tremendous strides in improving the quality of life for all in this community," commented Kitui volunteer Joyce Lorentz from the St. Pius V parish in Cannon Falls, MN.