Good news: Two sisters raise $650,000 for water wells through origami

August 12, 2015
Isabelle Adams, left, with her sister Katherine have raised over $650,000 through origami to build wells for Ethiopian villages in need. (Courtesy of Facebook)

Isabelle Adams, left, with her sister Katherine have raised over $650,000 through origami to build wells for Ethiopian villages in need. (Courtesy of Facebook)

(Courtesy of Facebook)

(Courtesy of Facebook)

By Brian Han

When sisters Katherine and Isabelle Adams, aged 9 and 11, found out that there were children, adults and entire villages in Ethiopia that didn’t have regular access to clean water, it broke their hearts.

They loved origami — the art of paper folding — so they searched for a way to incorporate that into raising money for the cause.

The Adams sisters first started with a modest goal of $500, which they hoped to achieve by selling their work at a local Starbucks. After the first day, they had already sold off their entire inventory. Eight weeks later, the effort raised over $10,000 – the approximate amount needed to build a well capable of servicing an entire village.

That was four years ago. Now they are the co-presidents of Paper for Water and have entire teams dedicated to making origami for a charitable purpose. The organization has raised over $650,000 since then and are continuing to grow their operation.

The sisters will begin a world tour in 2017 in which they teach origami and spread awareness about the issue.

 

4 Comments

  1. Ken Adams

    August 16, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Thank you for sharing our message!

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