CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Volunteers from Rush Church and other organizations in Canfield are raising funds to donate to West Africa.
It all started when Rush Church Pastor Jim Barton took a trip to Haiti in 2014.
“When you land in a country like this and you see the struggle firsthand, and you see the children, you can’t come back the same,” Barton said.
This year, he teamed up with four local churches in Canfield and contacted the Hope Project.
The Hope Project, which was founded in Canfield, has shipped and built homes, churches and water wells for a village in Sierra Leone.
“That’s where I put two and two together. We have the company here that’s done it. I have the heart to do something, so we got together and started talking,” Barton said.
Barton then coined the name “Canfield Digs Africa” for his group of volunteers.
At the event on Saturday, their goal was to raise $10,000. That’s how much Hope Project President Tom Nuttall says it costs to install a brand new water well in Sierra Leone.
The event also taught attendees how long most people in Sierra Leone need to travel for water on a daily basis. The group wants people to know that our access to water can be easily taken for granted.
Food, family fun and water games were planned inside McMahon Hall at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.
For more information about the cause, visit www.facebook.com/CanfieldDigsAfrica.