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Continued: From Prior Lake, fresh water and hope for a village in India

  • Article by: ERIN AD­LER  , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 6, 2014 - 3:34 PM

There aren’t many jobs a 13-year-old can do le­gal­ly, but Han­nah found one she didn’t mind. Over the next two sum­mers, she worked at her ex­tend­ed fam­i­ly’s straw­ber­ry farm in Monticello, pick­ing ber­ries, help­ing cus­tom­ers and staff­ing the check­out area.

“I would al­ways think, if I would have a tough day at the straw­ber­ry farm, I can sac­ri­fice a little bit of my mon­ey for peo­ple who don’t even have bas­ic ne­ces­sities like wa­ter,” she said.

The pro­ject con­tinues to af­fect the fam­i­ly’s outlook. Now, they com­pare the costs of cer­tain items they want to how much it costs to build a well, said Mary Enck, her mother.

For in­stance, Han­nah re­al­ized that three years of hav­ing a smartphone would add up to $3,000 and de­cid­ed she didn’t re­al­ly need one, Mary Enck said.

While Han­nah will con­tin­ue to sup­port Hands of Freedom, she said she prob­a­bly won’t do an­oth­er big pro­ject un­til she’s saved more mon­ey for col­lege.

Han­nah, who also plays golf, swims and is on the lead­er­ship team at high school, said that when she re­ceived the photo of the women by the well, she knew her efforts had paid off. She “could re­al­ly see their lives chan­ging for the bet­ter,” she said.

She has some ad­vice for others who want to do a char­i­ta­ble pro­ject: “Choose an or­gan­i­za­tion that you re­al­ly be­lieve in and want to sup­port, and do some­thing you en­joy to earn the mon­ey.”


Erin Ad­ler • 952-746-3283

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