Through 10-years worth of mission trips with her Catholic parish in Lexington, KY, Sister Larraine Lauter became familiar with many of the needs and problems being faced by the people in some of the poorest communities around the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. They worked diligently with their Honduran friends to improve the health and well-being of their families and communities, but one pressing issue became glaringly obvious: the lack of clean drinking water.
After much research and prayer, a solution began to form. They discovered a simple, affordable and very effective water filter made by Sawyer Products, which was searching for organizations to put its filters to good use in the developing world. Combining the distribution of and training on the filters with their other ministries, Sister Larraine and her colleagues were amazed at how quickly and successfully the Honduran families took to the program. In order to sustain the program and share the model with other parishes and organizations, they then created the organization Water With Blessings. Photographed in 2011.