A few months ago if you asked me what the words “clean water” mean to me, I would say that they don’t mean much at all. As a teenager living in NJ, clean water is something that’s just there. It’s in the fridge, in the shower, and coming out of the sprinklers in the back yard.
This isn’t the case for all kids. Around the world, more than 800 million people don’t have access to clean water, and the water that they drink exposes them to diseases that can kill them. In areas without access to clean water, kids are often the ones responsible for collecting water for their families. These kids walk miles every day to collect water, taking time away from school and often preventing girls from attending school at all. When I learned this, the words “clean water” took on a new meaning, because for many kids around the world, it’s not something that’s “just there.” It’s something that can change their lives.
I’m leading an effort at Shore Regional High School to raise $8,500 to provide a clean water to a village in Uganda. I’ve partnered with Global H2O, a 501(c)3, who will build the well in Uganda. Global H2O is an all-volunteer, global non-profit whose mission is to provide clean water and sanitation facilities in rural areas in order to:
· Improve health of communities and reduce child mortality rates
· Improve school attendance
· Empower women by putting them in their first community leadership roles
· Enable these communities to move on to the next stage of development
They have provided more than 100 wells to villages in Africa over the past nine years.
We are having a Walk for Water fundraiser on May 19 at Shore Regional High School and I’m asking for you to sponsor me.
My personal fundraising goal is $1,000. Any amount that you contribute to this cause is tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated. Please help me provide a source of clean water to change the lives of the people in this village.
For more information about the Shore Regional Walk for Water event, click on the campaign link at the right of the page.
About Global H2O:
Global H2O is a 100% volunteer-based 501(c)3 non profit organization that provides clean water and latrines in rural areas. Global H2O drilled its first well in 2010 and, as of 2018, has completed more than 100 wells and 20 latrines in Central Africa. This work has benefited more than 200,000 people, but approximately 600,000,000 people around the world are still in need of clean water. A great deal of work remains to be done. More information is avaliable at https://globalh2o.org/