TERRE HAUTE —
The people of the El Salvador village “Mango” and the importance of clean water are represented in photographs on display during October in The Gallery at the Clabber Girl Museum.
The photographs were taken by Jeff Paitson in February during his journey to Mango. Paitson was among a group of volunteers that journeyed to El Salvador through the ministry of Living Water International.
Approximately 60 people make up this community that had never experienced clean water. The group was able to drill a clean, fresh water well for the people during their visit.
Statistics are hung in The Gallery that relate to sanitation and safe water issues. The first on the list: One child dies every 15 seconds because of a water-related disease.
“Poverty becomes personal when you see it in the eyes of those you try to help,” Paitson said.
The group will be traveling back to El Salvador in December to drill a well for another village. The cost to drill each well is $5,000. Paitson will be giving a signed print of his creation, “Contemplation,” to all who donate at least $100 to support Living Water.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 31. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.