Lumen Christi Catholic College students visited the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Anthony in Pontevedra, the Philippines earlier this year.
While they were there, they experienced firsthand the lack of fresh drinking water available.
The trip was a real eye opener for the Lumen students who, upon returning, decided to do what they could to help the people of Pontevedra.
The students learnt about how access to clean water reduces the incidence of water-borne contagions resulting in a decrease in illness among children, helps them stay at school, and helps their families stay at work.
Most of the water-related diseases such as diarrhoea experienced in developing countries are preventable and the time taken to collect water for domestic use seems unnecessary to us.
Lumen has partnered with a non-government organisation (NGO) DisasterAid Australia to provide a water filtration unit for the community.
The installation of a SkyHydrant, which uses sophisticated reverse membrane technology to create potable water will be a significant development for the people of Pontevedra.
Staff and students at Lumen Christi are very grateful to the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast who have provided $2,500 to go towards funding the project.
Recently one of the school’s Year 7 classes decided to help too.
Through their efforts, which included the sale of baked goods at the school, the class was able to raise another $700.
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