Do Something

Poems, More than Just Words for Clean Water

by: Meredith Maines
July 15, 2013

When 10-year-old Matti first learned of the water crisis, she mobilized her Taekwondo class to help raise $100 for clean water. She went on to organize a 6K Walk 4 Water to allow her friends the experience of hauling water in developing countries—and inspire other kids with the message that they can make a difference. Together they raised $5,000!

One of those she inspired was Hattie (pictured above), a kindergartener who heard Matti speak at Bessie Ellison Elementary School. Moved to help, Hattie thought about what she could offer and decided to write and sell poems door-to-door in her neighborhood.

We're pretty sure Hattie is the embodiment of what John said in his epistle: "Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions." In the beginning, God spoke and things happened—words inspiring action. God's words created newness, enacted change, and still do. So maybe Hattie's poetry will also be the genesis of something big—the drawing together of her life and those of the thirsty through words AND action.

Let these photos of kindergarteners' generosity encourage you today—the generation coming behind us has great faith! Let's follow their example today.