RINGWOOD, N.J. — Fundraising efforts at Community Presbyterian Church of Ringwood overflowed much like parishioners hope clean water will in countries in need thanks to their efforts.
The chuch raised $26,000 through various efforts to build wells in Bangladesh, Mali, Ethiopia or Cambodia.
Ben Fraumann, pastor at the church, said one member felt passionate about building wells and the feeling spread through the congregation.
"We're not a big church, but we're very generous," Fraumann told Daily Voice, "and I'm very honored to be with them."
A large, emptied water canister was placed in the church a year ago for people to leave spare change for the well project. It raised $15,000, with more money coming from a fundraising party and other donations.
The donations went to Charity Water non-profit to build the wells overseas.
"It's a fantastic difference in the lives of these people," Fraumann, pastor at the church for 34 years, said. "They're walking hours to get water."
The efforts don't end once the wells are built. The pastor said the money will be used for maintenance on the wells to keep the water coming.
Fraumann said the parishioners also hope to stay in touch with the people who benefit from the wells and form a relationship.
"It will be good for us to learn about their culture" he said. "Everybody benefits."
The parishioners voted on what countries to send the donations to, but Fraumann said the ballots were still being counted as of Monday.
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