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Class to take clean water, goat to Honduras

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           Armstrong, who supervises the club and serves as a mentor and spiritual leader to student members, said the experience students gain from being a part of the Mission Class is an opportunity for them to use the knowledge they have gained from a number of their studies including physics, science, biology, Spanish, and even English classes and public speaking as they have had to draft letters and create other written material about the proposed mission and speak to groups such as the Rotary.      

He explained that Honduras was chosen for the mission because it is regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world, adding that the average annual salary there is about $600.           He said the focus by students on the week-long mission trip scheduled in March will be to address “malnutrition” and what he described as a “water crisis.”           In a slide presentation yesterday at the Rotary meeting, class members showed and discussed the hazards and deficiencies associated with the water now being used by the orphanage and by residents in the nearby area. They pointed out that in some cases residents in the area actually wash dishes in water in which they have previously bathed.           While the group is on track to deliver one purification system and one dairy goat, the class expressed they would like to raise enough money to take a second purification system to the struggling area. Each purification system, according to Armstrong, costs just more than $2,000. And about the goat, Armstrong said they are hoping to breed the goat before their trip so that their gift of one goat may actually be transformed in to two, noting that it is cheaper to transport one goat carrying two than to pay the airfare for three.           The mission trip represents a major financial effort on the part of the students and FCS. Students are raising money individually for their own expenses related to the spring trip and collectively are raising money to help fund the purchase of the first and perhaps second water purification system and of course the dairy goat, which they were able to buy for $150, although the transportation of the goat by air will be much more costly.           As a group, they will begin shortly selling liquid containers to help fund their mission. Aluminum containers will sell for $20 and plastic containers for $10. And they will welcome financial contributions to what they believe is a very worthwhile project.          Their mission is summarized on a single sheet, printed on two sides, as being three-fold: To install a Water Purification System, and to teach about the importance and proper use of clean water resources. To provide a dairy goat to an orphanage so they will have fresh goat milk. Share the love of God with others.           For more information or to help in this effort, persons are invited to call FCS.

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