Sister Water Project seeks volunteers for service trip


DUBUQUE — The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque are seeking volunteers for a service trip Sept. 8-17 to Honduras with the Sister Water Project.

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Tyla Cole, standing at left, takes a break with other missionaries from digging trenches in Honduras earlier this fall.

The Sister Water Project service team will help make potable water accessible to people in the rural village of Mejocote, near the town of Gracias in Lempira, Honduras. The team will dig trenches and lay PVC pipes.

Team members must be 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by a parent/guardian), physically healthy and strong enough to perform strenuous activity at high altitudes and willing to participate fully in the work, prayer and team building of the daily schedule. Team members also need a passport that is valid through Jan. 1, 2018, travel insurance and appropriate vaccinations.

The $1,000 service trip fee includes travel (ground and air transportation from the United States to Honduras), food and lodging. Limited scholarship funding is available.


“I will cherish every moment and experience,” said Tyla Cole, archivist for the Diocese of Davenport, who was a volunteer with the Sister Water Project trip to Honduras in September 2016. “This trip gave us a chance to learn a little about life in another country and culture and it was an opportunity for us to know how blessed we really are. It helped us become more aware of other people’s struggles firsthand.”

To participate in the Sister Water Project mission trip, visit or email Pat Sievers at for an application form. Applications deadline is May 10. Send to Pat Sievers at or 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA, 52001. For more information, contact Sister Kathy Knipper, OSF, at (563) 583-9786 or

The Sister Water Project was launched in 2006 to bring safe water to villages in Tanzania and Honduras. The project’s efforts have resulted in the completion/restoration of more than 135 well projects in Tanzania and 20 water systems in Honduras.

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