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Updated May 10, 2012 - 6:44 am

Child's idea leads to Valley church helping Haitians

Jeff Wolfe, right, is pictured with his son Ethan, 6. (Photo: Bob McClay/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- One Valley man listened to his full-of-ideas son and that has led to a plan to help people in Haiti.

Ethan Wolfe, 6, loves to have fun. He plays soccer and lately, like thousands of others in the Valley, he's become a Phoenix Coyotes fan. Another thing he likes to do is give his dad, Jeff Wolfe, ideas.

One day, Ethan saw his dad watching a video on his laptop.

"It was showing all of the causes and effects of all of these kids in Haiti drinking dirty water," said Wolfe.

That's when Ethan told his dad, "We need to do something about that."

Dad swung into action. He is the pastor of the Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix. For the next two months, Wolfe teamed with Living Water International and to come up with a way to raise money to build wells for clean drinking water in Haiti.

People there have to walk four miles to get to their only source of water, which is dirty.

Finally, the Wolfes announced their plan to the congregation on Easter Sunday.

"We put together a 'Clean Water Fast,'" said Wolfe. "For four weeks, we encouraged people to drink nothing but clean water and take all of the money they would have used to buy coffee, tea, sodas and energy drinks, and put the money into their empty water bottle and bring it back to the church four weeks later."

The church raised $105,000. Ethan raised over $1,700 himself.

The money will go to build 21 wells that will deliver clean water to 12,000 Haitians. Wolfe hopes to expand the efforts to El Salvador and other countries.

The fundraising efforts continue. To donate, go to


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