Through 10-years worth of mission trips, Sister Larraine Lauter became familiar with the needs and problems being faced by the people of the poorest communities around the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She and her Catholic parish in Lexington, KY worked diligently with their Honduran friends to improve the health and well-being of their families and communities. But one essential issue became glaringly obvious: the lack of clean drinking water. After much research and prayer, 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 training and distribution of the filters with their other ministries, Sister Larraine and her colleagues were quickly able to hand off the leadership of the local program to the Honduran families, specifically the mothers - their "Water Women". In order to sustain the program and share the model with other parishes and organizations, they created the nonprofit organization Water With Blessings.
Photographed in 2011.