Clean water was something Hunter Smith used to take for granted.
"Being here in the United States, I've got clean water in the sink," said Smith. "Basically anywhere, I can get water anytime."
Smith's attitude changed last summer, following a missions trip to Guatemala.
"Most people in Guatemala don't have access to clean water, and as a result a lot of them get these horrible diseases," said Smith, who became ill himself during his Guatemala trip.
"Most villagers who are drinking this dirty water don't have access to a hospital," said Smith. "They can't just run over to them and get an IV stuck in them."
Smith's experience has pushed him to take action. He's now raising money to build a well in Guatemala.
With $5,000 dollars he can fund a well that will generate clean water for 500 people-per-day.
"This is something that's really important to me, and it's going to last for a long time," said Smith.
So how does a 16-year-old get 5-thousand dollars? One way Smith plans to do that is by hosting a 5K run and walk this spring.
"I've also been working with my youth group to get donations, just having people collect spare change," Smith said.
Smith has already collected $2,500; half of what he needs to build the well. He's now working with a group called "Cause Life" to make his project a reality.
Smith's family is in awe of what he's accomplished.
"He's so young to be doing something like this," said Bonnie Smith, Hunter's mom. "He saw a need and now he wants to do something about it."
"I just remember the people back in Guatemala," Smith said of his motivation for the project. "I know that this is something they need."
Donation to Smith's well can be made by check to:
1148 Corporate Park Drive
Forest, Virginia 24551
(In the "for" section of the check, write "Hunter Smith's Guatemala Well.")