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9/25/2013 3:39:00 PM
Local family gives back
Gabi Navarro, age 12, helps dig a trench to take fresh water from a new well to members of a community near Chinandega, Nicaragua this past summer.
Gabi Navarro, age 12, helps dig a trench to take fresh water from a new well to members of a community near Chinandega, Nicaragua this past summer.
Amber Schlenker
Assistant Editor

After a trip to Nicaragua, the Navarro family has returned to Chelan with a new perspective on life.
With family ties in Nicaragua, the Navarros decided to share their faith and time with other families who were in need of clean, safe drinking water.
The Navarros joined Amigos for Christ, a missionary organization, to help Nicaraguan families gain access to clean water. They packed their bags and went for a trip of a lifetime, digging wells, waterlines and meeting the families who would be receiving the fresh water.
Michelle Navarro says the natives have always relied on wells they have dug themselves.
"It was very rewarding meeting them (the Nicaraguan families)," she said. "It was great knowing that very soon they could all get water."
The work done by the Navarros and other volunteers provided families with a water spicket near their homes that would be able to be used for cooking, drinking and bathing.
The icing on the cake for Navarro and her family was witnessing work done by volunteers in Chelan, being recieved by the Nicaraguan families first hand.
Last fall, Navarro says she, along with several area families helped put together packages of food for a program called, "Feed my starving children."
"It was a neat tie to Chelan," she said.
The family returned home with a new perspective on poverty and a greater thankfulness for all they have.

Amber Schlenker can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
editor@lakechelanmirror.com.





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