The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community’s Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, hosted a cookie swap to raise money for its International project for the year, Water for Sudan.
Members brought a tray of cookies and paid $1 to enter in the swap. The money raised at the swap will benefit an organization that supports water wells in Southern Sudan, members said.
One in six people lack access to clean water in Southern Sudan, they said, and 17 out of 1,000 babies die at birth.
A family of seven spends an average of five hours a day collecting, transporting and purifying water just for their own personal use, members said. Village water wells will shorten the travel time to collect water and allow personal hygiene, they said.