Water U Educates, Graduates, Dedicates,
Voice, April 2004
Clean Water U, an idea that came
out of a staff brainstorming session with David Snellgrove,
Steve Young and Wil Howie last May, has quickly become
a reality. The idea was to find a way to train more people
to use the simple technology of the water purification
system invented by engineers in the Synod a decade ago.
Synod-led teams have installed 17 units in Mexico, Haiti
and Central America. But now, with 50 people already
trained at Clean Water U, the gallons of clean water
can multiply and flow rapidly, as a commitment to install
13 systems worldwide has resulted from this first session.
Wil Howie, at far right, told visitors and graduates
at the dedication ceremony that he hopes Presbyterians
will become known as “The Water People.”
The first class
to graduate from Clean Water U, on March 20, 2004, included
people from all around the country. The first building
on the campus at Camp Hopewell in north Mississippi has
been built and dedicated to the Glory of God in honor
of two wonderful Presbyterian women in St. Andrew Presbytery,
Katy Bryson and Frankie Lawler.
project administrator, reads the plaques at the dedication
honoring Katy Bryson and Frankie Lawler.
The property on
which Clean Water U is located, remote and hilly,
will replicate conditions the installation teams
in Third World countries. That’s part of their
education at Clean Water U. They also learn about
health education, the spiritual component of water,
development of partnership skills.
Presbytery Executive Greg Goodwiller, said the presbytery
is happy to be able to provide a location for Clean Water
More classes are planned for the coming months and more buildings will
be built. The property for Clean Water U was given to this unique
mission project of the Synod of Living Waters by the Presbytery
of St. Andrew.
solar pump installed on a pier at Lake Andrew sends water
uphill to the tanks supplying the system at the first building.
Executive David Snellgrove stands
at the foot of the stairs leading
to the roof of the first building
at Clean Water U. Water storage
tanks are visible at left.
and Samuel Plouff came with their mother and father from
Haverhill, Massachusetts to learn how to install a water
system as a family project in South Africa.