Ugandan water collector is goal for Cougar students

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Ben Roth, Trevor Ratliff, Jeremiah Ratliff, Evan Downing and Brody Roth sell pencils and bracelets outside Clear Lake Elementary School in hopes of helping construct a rainwater collection tank in Uganda. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Ben Roth, Trevor Ratliff, Jeremiah Ratliff, Evan Downing and Brody Roth sell pencils and bracelets outside Clear Lake Elementary School in hopes of helping construct a rainwater collection tank in Uganda. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Clear Lake Elementary School student Jeremiah Ratliff was reading a magazine article on getting water to Ugandan villages when he decided to get involved.

The article was about the Ugandan Water Project’s efforts building rainwater collection tanks and the relatively small amount of money needed to construct one, $3,500.

“It rains a lot there, so instead of putting in wells, they are putting in rainwater collectors,” Jeremiah said. “I wrote a letter to the principal and asked if we could raise money for one at the school.”

With permission to continue from Principal Anali Weatherhead, Jeremiah enlisted a handful of friends and set to selling brightly-colored pencils and wristbands with H2O Uganda printed on them outside the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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