In the Oklahoma City area, students have been finishing classes and studying for finals. They’ve been packing up to head home for the summer, and they’ve been making post-graduation plans. They’ve also been responding to the needs of people 1,900 miles away in Haiti.
At the end of the spring semester, Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, hosted a Human Rights Awareness Week. They chose the Haiti Water Project as their focus — and raised enough money to build two more wells in Haiti.
Student organizer Andrea Green was inspired by a mission trip to Aruba last summer, where she worked with some Haitian immigrants. “The people stole my heart,” she says, “and when I learned about the lack of resource in their home country I wanted to do something about it.”
And so she did — with the help of other students at SNU who responded with creativity and generosity. They turned off the campus fountain as a reminder of those who don’t have access to clean water, held a prayer service for the people of Haiti, and raised money so that two communities in Haiti could have access to safe water.
The money raised is not the only thing to celebrate, though. “Students all over campus are more aware of human rights,” Andrea says. “They have been challenged to think outside themselves. My hope is that the students at SNU will continue to pray for Haiti.