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Bangkok Noi helps challenge of providing clean drinking water

While our problems may seem huge to us, they don’t compare to those faced by some who lack the basic necessities, such as access to clean drinking water. A Gloucester family is working to help others with this challenge half a world away.

Amber McDaniel and her family have been raising funds to give to her brother, Jesse Cook, a pastor in Pennsylvania. Cook makes frequent trips to Africa to help build up villages.

Last fall, Cook returned from one such trip with pictures that showed the conditions people in these villages live in. She said one was of people drinking from a bucket filled with muddy water. The photos helped motivate her into doing her own part.

Drilling one well costs around $2,500 and one well was paid for after two successful yard sales and a bake sale, said McDaniel. Even her children pitched in by going through their room to find toys to donate for yard sales.

At the yard sales, people often would donate outright after hearing about McDaniel’s goal. She ...

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