- by Staff
As a nurse practitioner and four-time HFHC medical mission team member, Heather Smith has seen first-hand how clean water is at the core of good health for the children. She also knows that many in Haiti struggle to find clean water.
After the January 2015 mission trip, Heather returned home and organized a Walk4Water event to raise funds for a sister organization of HFHC's — Healing Hands International (HHI). HHI's well-drilling projects partner with an in-country Christian church, school, or orphanage in an area without water and dig a clean-water well for them. Unbeknown to Heather, HHI selected HFHC's Thomazeau Hope Center facility to dig a well.
Heather was so surprised when she found out that the well for which she had raised funds would benefit the very community where she had treated our sponsored children just a few months previously! When Heather was sent a photo by HHI of the well which was dug, she recognized the area as Thomazeau.
She recounted her reaction,
“Simply put, I cried. I know the faces of the children. I have heard them sing. I have shared a meal with them. Just knowing that the whole community now has clean drinking water for free, gave me a sense of relief.”