8-year old makes Well of Hope dream a reality

“The wells will help all the children in Liberia, they don't have as much as we do and I wanted to help them,” Hope Burki said.

LADYSMITH, Wis. (WEAU)- A local community is coming together to change lives half way around the world, and it’s all because of the dream of an 8 year old girl.

Hope Burki's dream of bringing clean drinking water to the small country of Liberia became a reality Sunday.

For Burki, it all started with the goal to bring clean water to kids who need it most.

“The wells will help all the children in Liberia, they don't have as much as we do and I wanted to help them,” Burki said.

That goal lead the 8 year old hope to start a lemonade stand -- raising money for Teamwork Africa. Teamwork Africa is an Eau Claire organization that brings basic needs to people half a world away.

“From something so simple as a lemonade stand, something huge can come about and anyone can do it. They just need find a need and do what it takes to meet it,” Hope’s dad Daniel said.

From selling lemonade, Hope caught the attention of the adult Sunday school class at her church, and that’s when her dream turned into a much larger effort.

“We thought, If Hope can do this at her age, she can take on this big of a project, why can’t we jump in and help her?” Jeanine Quinell said.

With the help of the Sunday school class, Hope and her family organized a spaghetti dinner in hopes of raising $3,000. That money was then matched by Teamwork Africa. Totaling enough to build not one, but two wells.

“That's the ultimate goal is to put two wells in two villages. It will be a huge impact for those villages but it would also be nice to inspire other kids to do something when they see a need. Then inspire adults to go out and do something when they see someone in need.” Daniel Burki said.

Hope was able to meet her goal of raising $3,000 with her spaghetti dinner. The family says they will present a check to Teamwork Africa next week.

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