The Harrington family has a longstanding connection to the Sisters of St. Francis from Dubuque, Iowa. This connection with the Franciscans began in 1954 when they began teaching family members at All Saints Grade School in Portland Oregon. In addition to many years of excellence in their commitment to education, the Franciscans continue to stay focused on their community’s core values which also includes a commitment to assist those who are most in need.

The foundation has made a financial contribution to the Franciscans for a water accessibility project in the countries of Honduras and Tanzania. This effort is called the Sister Water Project. Currently 50,000 children under 5 years of age die annually from water related illnesses in Honduras and in Tanzania malaria is the leading killer of children.

The material goal in both of these countries is to provide a water system in Honduras and above ground cisterns to hold rain water in Tanzania. The cost for each is $5000. The Franciscans are also attempting to raise travel funds for volunteers to assist in Honduras in November 2007. The cost would be $1400 per person.

For more information about the Sisters of St. Francis or the Sister Water Project you can contact the community at #563-583-9786 or visit their website at