Sister Larraine Lauter had been traveling to Honduras for over 10 years. Through a series of mission trips with parishioners and colleagues from her Catholic parish in Lexington, Kentucky, she became familiar with many of the needs and problems being faced by the people in some of the poorest communities around the capital city of Tegucigalpa. They worked diligently with their Honduran friends to improve the health and well-being of their families and communities, but one pressing issue became glaringly obvious: the lack of clean drinking water. Having no affordable access to such a human necessity creates myriad health afflictions, which then contribute to greater financial loss and stress on families.
After much research and prayer, a solution began to form. They discovered an affordable and very effective water filter made by Sawyer Products, which was searching for organizations to put its filters to good use in the developing world. Combining the distribution and training of the filters with their already present ministries, Sister Larraine and her colleagues were amazed at the success of the project with the Honduran families. In hopes of sharing this model with many other parishes and organizations, they soon created the organization Water With Blessings.