Mansfield teen plans concert to pay for Nigerian wells

04/21/2014 5:37 PM

04/21/2014 5:38 PM

With $8,000, Kaylie Bowman could build a well in a Nigerian village that would provide clean water for families that might otherwise have to walk miles for water that still could be contaminated.

If that sounds like a bargain, it is for Bowman, a senior health-science major at Frontier High School who is planning a life of missionary work when she graduates in the fall.

She hopes to raise the $8,000 -- which would include her trip expenses -- with the help of a free music concert and fund-raiser she has planned for 7-9 p.m. Friday at Town Park, 500 N. Main St.

“The reason I want to get the community involved is that many people don’t know about the tragedy that is unclean water in undeveloped countries,” she said.

Many rely on distant creeks and other bodies of water that often are tainted with human and animal feces, she added.

“There are so many threats from unclean water,” she said. “It’s a really bad situation for those countries.”

Bowman’s Worth of Water Project event is serving as her senior class project for graduation from Frontier, which is on the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy campus. She is teaming with Empty Bucket Ministries, a group focused on building wells in third-world communities, and with Music Place Mansfield, which will provide local performers for the first hour of the free benefit concert.

During an intermission, Lauren Phillips, who founded Empty Bucket in September 2012, will talk about the need for wells as buckets are passed around for donations. Members of the North Texas-based group returned recently from Nigeria, where they installed their first two wells.

Country singer Nick Lokken will headline and close the show.

Melanie Stillings, who teaches the senior project class, said Bowman’s project is good marriage of her passion and the course’s intensive requirements for collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

“Kaylie is a health-science student, and she knows the impact of unclean water and the health impacts of that,” Stillings said.

Bowman said she still is seeking corporate sponsors for the event as well as donations of items that can be given away as door prizes. Those wanting to contribute can contact her at kayliepaige95@live.com.

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