by Amy Tjaden News Editor


I wanted to find an uplifting, inspirational story to share as we head into this week.  It didn’t take me long to find one that is definitely worth sharing. It not only highlights how ingenious homeschoolers can be, but how teens in general want to make a difference.

Joshua Guthrie is a teen who wanted to make a difference. The homeschooled teen has done that, in a big way. Joshua is the director of the Dollar for a Drink project, a non-profit organization that raises money for fresh water wells in Sudan, Africa.

Joshua was disturbed by the fact that water related illnesses kill more than 3.5 million people each year. He was troubled by the suffering he knew was going on in places around the globe. He wanted to do something about it.

The idea for the project came about in the summer of 2008 after Joshua read the book “Do Hard Things”. The book is a best-seller written by twin brothers Bret and Alex Harris. The premise of the book is to encourage teens to rebel against the idea that teens are immature and irresponsible. The book inspired Joshua to get moving and actually do something about the issues that had been troubling him.

In less than one year’s time, with help from other teens, Joshua was able to raise money for one well in the Sudan. They are already raising money for two more.

The Dollar for a Drink project is working with Baptist Global Response to make these wells in Sudan a reality for the people in that area.

You can read more about Joshua and his Dollar for a Drink project here and here.

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