Water walkers

Local effort raises money for well in city resident’s hometown

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ABOVE: Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo, who organizes the annual Walk for Wells event and manages the nonprofit Kingdom Investments to improve quality of life in his native Burkina Faso, Africa, greets youth Ian Cotter as runners and walkers make their way around the courses. HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: A family of walkers in the annual Walk for Wells event head for the starting line Saturday morning at Southview Park. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

The efforts of a local minister and activist have led to new wells in several towns in his native African nation, but the village where Jean Paul Tiendrebeogo was raised is still without access to clean, easily accessible water.

That should change, however, after a successful Saturday morning fundraiser.

“It’s wonderful to be able to give back to the people in the native village where I grew up,” Mr. Tiendrebeogo said as 90 walkers and runners circled the track at Southview Park to raise the money and awareness.

“It means a whole lot to me because these are my people’s people — the people who raised me. So it is very personal.”

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