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Sussex County Sisters Inspire with a "Wish for Water" for People in Need

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MILFORD, Del.- Clean water is something many of us take for granted. It is as simple as turning on our faucet. But for millions around the world, clean water simply does not exist, and it is having deadly consequences. Two little girls in Sussex County are on a mission to change that.

It started with a science lesson.

“In third world countries, there are students who are just like you, who cannot have fresh water or clean water,” lectured Mispillion Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Nikki Bordley.

And an eye-opening statistic.

“One child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related disease,” she said.

That was all her student, Mariah Todd, needed to hear.

“Me, Kiersten and my mom thought that we should all do something to help people,” she explained.

And so, they came up with a plan.

“So the kids that don't have clean water can have clean water,” her little sister, first-grader Kiersten Todd, told WBOC.

They called it a "Wish for Water."

“We thought it was a wonderful plan,” Bordley said. “We decided then to present it to the principal, who then said, 'go with it.'”

The entire school is now raising funds to purchase water filters for those in third-world countries who do not have clean water.

“We need $100 for each filter,” noted Kiersten.

“They put this water filter in and it cleans the water, and two to three families can share it, and it gives them clean water for three to five years,” Mariah explained.

After two weeks of fundraising, they have more than doubled their goal of $500, raising enough for ten filters.

“We're just so proud of them that they've taken this on, and they have the empathy for others now,” remarked their mother, Megan Todd. “It's just really excited to see them jumping in.”

“It was just overwhelming for me, to the fact that this was a student of mine who wanted to make a difference in other people's lives,” added Bordley.

A school making a difference, all because of two little girls with compassion beyond their years.

The girls are selling "Wish for Water" bands at school for a dollar each. Mispillion Elementary is also letting students wear jeans to school Wednesday for a one dollar donation. For the grand finale, the grade level that raises the most money gets to dunk a staff member in a dunk tank.

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