GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - At a time when many young girls are more concerned with school and friends, one metro teen is trying to help people a world away.
Hannah Enck, a sophomore at Prior Lake High School and resident of Savage, MN, raised money to dig a fresh water well for people living in a village in India.
The locally-based nonprofit Hands of Freedom helped with this effort. Hands of Freedom's services are dedicated to creating the means for fresh water, education, and helping women to become economically stable in India. Women in India's slums need to spend several hours each day walking to find clean water, which means that they cannot work and their children are unable to attend school.
Hannah was inspired to help two years ago. She worked hard for two summers in her aunt and uncle's berry patch, The Strawberry Basket, and she chose to babysit and saved money gifted to her from birthdays, holidays and allowance. This past November, just 63 cents shy of her $3,000 goal, Hannah donated her entire savings to www.HandsOfFreedom.org, and has learned that her project was just completed last month. She received a welcome photo of the freshly dug well, named "Hannah's Well," that included several women in the village.