ND woman’s ebook to boost cash for clear water in Africa reaches worldwide markets

Girls’ favorite classes in West Fargo at Fargo’s Oak Grove Lutheran School are cultural and artistic – they love history and love to draw. She was happy that human classes could fall again because she no longer wanted to go to school online this year.

But as he continued his homework and middle school life this fall, Anderson was once again the epitome of one of his age – a translator and charitable writer whose children’s book sells on the international market and makes a big difference in West Fargo.

It all started when they heard about the need for safe drinking water in Zambia.

A group of members of Wellspring for the World, a non-profit organization that raises and raises money for access to safe drinking water around the world, were also members of the local Hope Lutheran Church. They asked the church to make Lenten donations, and a group of 10 people decided to go to Zambia to see the work.

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The group included Anderson’s father, Mark, who returned home and told his daughter about some of the things he had seen there – and was encouraged to get “a little” money to help.

“His comment was,” It’s not good. Every child should have water, “he said.

Anderson decided to make and sell $ 50 cookies to help support those children. This effort has grown to nearly $ 5,000 in the sale of cookies, and as the story and purpose reach far and wide, people want to give more.

“I think it will be a little bit at first,” he said. “I’m very happy that it turned into something big, but I didn’t expect it.”

Anderson also began making leather bags, which are large bags made from the finest pieces of African cloth, and has sold more than 400 items to help with, according to his father.

But it’s the book he wrote and exhibited, “Water Works,” which is very helpful around the world.

Since its release in June 2019, the book has sold more than 8,500 copies in the United States. In September 2019, the book was published in English for publication in Zambia, and more than 1,000 copies were distributed in Zambian schools.

More recently, the newly released version was published in Vietnam this fall, and has already sold more than 2,200.

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Sawyer Anderson’s “Water Works” has been translated and is now on sale in Vietnam. Special for the Convention

In addition to the proceeds from the acquisition of the book, agreements with other organizations, including Wellspring and World Vision, mean that it has increased and is equivalent to more than $ 750,000 in donations to date. The money has been used to build more than 50 wells and provide water to 15,000 people, according to Mark.

They also said that their daughter has given 96 demonstrations to local churches, charity clubs, schools and businesses related to the book with the aim of providing safe drinking water from the time the book was published until the COVID-19 epidemic reached the area this year.

Anderson said he has only written one book so far, and he does not know if he will ever write it again. For now, they just see where “Water Works” goes as it continues to be read by a large number of people.

“Water Works” has already sold more than 2,200 in Vietnam. Special for the Convention

He has not been able to travel to Zambia here to see how his work is helping the people there, although he said he has come on a journey with a real feeling. But he will continue his role from West Fargo to help there, he said.

“I want to continue to do my waterworks,” he said. “I want to continue to help people. That’s all I know and I just want to continue to help people.”

As the epidemic continues and he is not able to advance his book as he would like, Anderson said he has been busy making more bags and blankets for sale – and hopes others will know they can help in their own way.

“I want everyone to know that everyone can change,” he said. “If you can try and if you want, it doesn’t have to be big – it can just be small – but I just encourage everyone to try to help out there.”

For more information or to purchase a book, visit waterworkssea.com.

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