Board member Michael Standley gave a talk to several 4th grade classes in Portland OR about our filter and Nicaragua programs.   After the presentation about the water filter, he described how rural potters improve their lives by selling their pottery, and how we’ve worked with many generations of potters in the same family.  He told of the hardships involved, like having to dig their own clay, sometimes under cover of night, and carrying it home in gunny sacks.  He discussed how people cope with poverty.

Later that day, one of the teachers sent him this poem by student Sophia Steckler:4TH GRADE POEMsm