Small town kids making a huge difference

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SULLIVAN, Ill (WCIA)– Kids in one central Illinois town are worried about people on the other side of the world.

So worried in fact they decided to do something, three boys started a website to help people in Africa get clean water.

A school presentation about water in Africa left a huge impression on these fifth-grade boys.

So they decided they needed to help.

When James Feldkamp and his friends learned there were people on the other side of the world who don’t have clean water, hey went to their parents and said let’s do something.

“He said they had a presentation at school and him and his friends Tristan and Owen wanted to make a website and raise money to build water wells in Africa,” says Tracy Feldkamp.

Tracy Feldkamp is James’ mother.

When he presented this idea to her, her first thought was she didn’t know how to build a website.

From there the idea grew into something much bigger.

“It’s only been up for 6 maybe 5 days and we’ve already raised over a thousand dollars,” says James Feldkamp.

The boys are raising money to build water wells in Africa.

They realize that they are lucky to have it so easy. 

“Why do we get to have so much nice stuff and take it all for granted when all they think is survive. I have to survive,” says Owen Smith.

On that side of the world access to water is much different than it is here.

Back on this side, it’s as easy as opening a cabinet, taking out a glass, and turning on a faucet.

The boys understood that when they started.

The original goal was $450 but it didn’t stop there.

“He said raise it, mom, raise it to a thousand and they hit that and let’s go to  15 hundred so they just keep taking it up,” says Tracy Feldkamp.

Now they’re at almost $1,300.Their parents are so impressed with what they’ve done, but the boys are just as proud.

”When I started this I knew we would be making some difference but it’s turned into a huge difference,” says Tristan Wright. It’s also made them realize things about themselves also.

“If you would have asked me five minutes before that thing about doing this I don’t know that I would have said yes or not,” Smith.

All three boys are still thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, but they know for sure it’ll defiantly have to do with helping others.

The boys have raised enough money for two wells, and this has become a whole school affair.

Teachers have shared the idea with other classes and they’ve started to help.

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