Eastern Nazarene College students, alumni, and employees ran the Providence, Rhode Island, Half Marathon May 3 to raise funds for a water well at the Waney Church of the Nazarene in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The team raised more than $8,500 for the well through fundraising and partnerships with family, friends, and churches. One fundraiser, a campus-wide ".5K Fun Run" organized by the Student Government Association, included a .5K distance race, leap-frog and skipping races, and obstacle courses.
"The race we're called to run is to run for others, not for ourselves," said Chaplain Corey MacPherson, one of the half marathon participants. "I'm so proud of these students that they are running this race not for themselves, they are running it for others."
Over spring break, a mission team visited the Waney church and met the pastor and community members. The well is just one of the college's Haiti initiatives. In March, a team installed solar panels at a medical clinic and continued research on earthquake prediction through the Engineering Department and Haiti-native Dr. Pierre-Richard Cornely.
To hear more from the Haiti community who will benefit from the well, watch the video shot during the March 2015 mission trip.