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Successful Soup and Bread Dinner!

Thirty plus Alfred area residents volunteered their time or donated monetarily to the Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia’s Soup and Bread Dinner on Wednesday, January 20th at the Parish House in Alfred, NY. The dinner raised $1,505 and the donations keep coming in. The funds go towards Nicholas and Sarah Rozard’s one-year volunteer trip to work in Indonesia on ceramic water filters.  Our Indonesian partners are a non profit organization called Society for Health, Education, Environment and Peace (SHEEP) . Many thanks go to the Alfred area residents who generously gave their time and money to the event.

It takes a village, and on a cold, overcast night over seventy-five village people attended the dinner. They enjoyed the array of hearty soups, soft powdered rolls, and freshly made cookies, brownies and cake. People chatted and laughed in the Parish House dinning room, seated across four long tables.  Pitchers full of clean water provided refreshment and reminded people of the gathering’s purpose.

Twice during the course of the evening Nadine Hoover and Sarah Rozard gathered everyone’s attention and gave brief talks on the overall work of Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia and the upcoming water filter trip. They discussed the number of people who currently boil water in lieu of filtration.  This slowly deforests and degrades the environment around them because they consistently need wood to create the fire. The ceramic water filter that they hope to produce and distribute would eliminate the need to boil water.

Nadine Hoover, one of the organizers for the event, commented, “This was a culmination of all the love and care, conscience and faith that we all bring! Alfred’s the perfect community to help synchronize the right people with the right knowledge, and Nick and Sarah are the perfect people to help make that happen. So many of our friends need clean water to heal from their pains and illnesses, but the Earth also needs these filters to heal from the deforestation caused by boiling water. I’m so proud to be part of a community that’s so persistent and encouraging in this effort.”

Jeanne Hyland, the other event organizer, was likewise very pleased with how the event went, commenting, “I thought it was great. I thought it was very good, very nice in fact. Everybody seemed to enjoy everybody, and they absolutely enjoyed it. The food was delicious, and we hope to do it again some time.”