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NNU students make waves to bring awareness to global clean-water crisis

April 8, 2015

“Do for one what you wish you could do for all” has become the motto for four NNU students who have dedicated their time and energy to a fundraising and awareness campaign, dubbed “Rippleffect.”

The student-led campaign is intended to help Hope Home, an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have better access to clean water. The campaign has consisted of water challenges, a social media campaign, and an upcoming Haitian-themed dinner hosted by Sodexo (NNU’s food service provider). The awareness campaign will culminate with a community 5K fundraiser that will be held at on campus Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to participate and can donate or register for the 5K at spirituallife.nnu.edu/doforone.

After senior students Lukas Rieke (Pasco, Wash.) and Kassi Johnson (Kenai, Alaska) and juniors Rachel Ball (Ucon, Idaho) and McCrea Nirider (Tacoma, Wash.) traveled to Haiti with NNU on a Mission during the summer of 2014, they came home changed. The majority of their time in Haiti was spent at Hope Home, an orphanage that houses children with mental and physical disabilities—a marginalized demographic in Haiti.

With a water pump that only runs a few hours a day providing just a few gallons of water for the 80-person facility, the lack of fresh running water is a major challenge for Hope Home. After seeing first-hand the poverty these children were facing, the NNU students came home with a passion to find a way to help.

“As I visited the orphanage in Haiti, I was personally struck by how much they struggle,” explained McCrea. “John 10:10 says that Christ came to bring ‘abundant life.’ And while there can be abundant life in poverty, it can be so much harder when you’re struggling for the basic necessities of life.”

The team knows that their efforts will be small in light of the global needs of poverty, but they are refusing to let the scope of the problem overwhelm or paralyze them, as their motto and campaign tagline states, “Do for one what you wish you could do for all.”

Along with fostering awareness, the Rippleffect campaign is working to raise $30,000 to implement a new water system for Hope Home.

The team was awarded a grant from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to help with funds for a new water pump as well as funds to implement their campaign. The NNU campus has been involved with water challenges over the past few weeks including limiting shower time to less than five minutes and only drinking iodine tablet-treated water.

Along with fostering awareness, the Rippleffect campaign is working to raise $30,000 to implement a new water system for Hope Home.

The team was awarded a grant from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to help with funds for a new water pump as well as funds to implement their campaign. The NNU campus has been involved with water challenges over the past few weeks including limiting shower time to less than five minutes and only drinking iodine tablet-treated water.

Learn more about the campaign on Facebook at facebook.com/nnudoforone and get involved by donating or registering for the 5K at spirituallife.nnu.edu/doforone.