Making a Difference: The Generosity of Northlanders

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Here in the land of ten thousand lakes it's hard to imagine a place where people sing for joy just because they have clean water.

But in a small village in Ethiopia songs of thanks are ringing out because of the generosity of hundreds of Northlanders.

It all started when some Proctor High School students wanted to make a difference.

The students, looking to exercise their new skills in fundraising and marketing, teamed up with Duluth Rotary #25 on a clean water project.

Thousands of dollars were raised and today there are 5 new wells to serve the Hamar Tribe in Southwest Ethiopia.

Two local Rotarians traveled to Ethiopia to see first-hand how money raised in the Northland with some creative fundraising activities are being used to save lives and the livelihoods of indigenous people. What they found was truly remarkable.