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Ava’s Wells

By Mark Alexander

Rerinted with Permission, PE News


Ten-year-old Ava Heath of Longview, Oregon, says she took water for granted until a few months ago, when she watched a video about two little girls from the Republic of the Congo, who were adopted by an Oregon family.

Though the African girls were offered dolls and iPhones, they instead kept clinging to their prized empty water bottles.

“All they wanted was the water,” observed Ava. “They didn’t want anything else.”

The two newly adopted girls had never experienced the blessing of bountiful clean water. In their country, more than 37 million people don’t have access to safe water. Ava decided she wanted to help children in Africa have potable and plentiful water.

“This is the day God told me to build a well,” Ava wrote in her journal on March 5, 2016.

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