Helping families move toward self-reliance

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

Mattie Sites (l) receives a little help from her friend, while letting passersby know about her yard sale to raise money for a well.

Mattie Sites (l) receives a little help from her friend, while letting passersby know about her yard sale to raise money for a well.

Every 15 seconds a child dies because their water is not safe to drink. But one 12-year-old Louisa County resident is working to help change those statistics.

When Mattie Sites attended Passport Kids Camp last year, she learned of the long trips Malawians have to make every day to obtain water—which isn’t even clean.

While watching a video and listening to camp directors talk about the situation in Africa, Sites decided she wanted to do something to help.

Sites, along with her cousins Alex and Sam Rast, decided to have a yard sale to raise funds for the project. Following a mini-yard sale held at Dickinson’s Store at Ware’s Crossroads, she decided to organize an even bigger yard sale at her church, Louisa Baptist Church.

Sites set a goal of $1,500 to raise during the church yard sale. With the help of church members, she exceeded that goal by raising $1,628.38 at the event on Saturday, Sept. 14.

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 19 edition of The Central Virginian.

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