Interact members to ‘Walk 4 Wells’

Students learn about life-saving benefits of Africa project

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Bellefontaine High School junior Aubrey Stolly, left, reaches for a piece of wood from fellow BHS students Zoe Price and Erin Jackson to help them across a low ropes course Thursday during the Interact Leadership Retreat at Camp Willson, 2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Turning on a sink faucet to brush one’s teeth or a bathtub faucet for a quick shower comes easily and without much effort for most individuals in the United States.

However, for many people who live in other countries around the world, searching for clean water and transporting it for miles back home is a profound struggle and oftentimes an all-consuming daily task.

Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo, founder and president/CEO of Kingdom Investment International based in Bellefontaine, spoke Thursday to students at the third annual Interact Leadership Retreat at Camp Willson about his growing up years in Burkina Faso and the issues that surround access to clean water in that African nation.

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Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo, Kingdom Investment International founder and president/CEO, holds a photo that shows himself as a homeless young man during 1998 in Burkina Faso and the woman who changed his life by adopting him. He spoke to students Thursday at the Interact Leadership Retreat at Camp Willson about well-drilling fundraising opportunities for the African nation. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

The pupils from Interact Clubs at Riverside, Bellefontaine and Benjamin Logan high schools are joining with Kingdom Investment International to help raise funds for the non-profit organization’s upcoming Walk 4 Wells 5K event, slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Blue Jacket Park.

Proceeds from the third annual event benefit well-drilling missions and, in turn, life-saving efforts in Tiendrebeogo’s home country.

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