College students bring clean drinking water to African families
First Annual BH2O+ Clean Water Awareness Event Draws 950+ Students Nationwide; Nuru International and Living Water International to Drill Four Deep Water Wells in Kenyan Schools
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – More than 950 students at 11 college and university campuses joined forces the week of April 20 to raise awareness of the need for clean drinking water in Africa. With the generous support of Dry Tears, Living Water International, Radiata Investments and The Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation, they raised nearly $37,000, which will enable Nuru International, in partnership with Living Water International, to drill four deep water wells at schools in the Kuria district of Kenya.
The students were part of a nationwide effort called BH2O+, or “Be Hope to Her”, sponsored by Nuru International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit charity committed to pioneering holistic, sustainable solutions to end extreme poverty in partnership with the poor. BH2O+ events featured a rally designed to educate students and community members about the plight of women in Africa created by the lack of accessible clean drinking water. The focal point of each event was a solidarity walk in which hundreds of collegiate women carried buckets of water on their heads through their campuses to a designated water source, in demonstration of the grueling daily task required by girls and women throughout Africa.
Colleges and universities that hosted BH2O+ events include: Ball State, Boston College, Colorado Christian University, Gonzaga University, Marshall University, Stanford University, Virginia Tech, University of Iowa, Wake Forest, West Virginia University and Wingate University. Photo and video highlights from the events are available at bhope2her.org; additional information is available from each campus.
“These college students are bringing hope, opportunity and lasting change to the women of the developing world, by educating and inspiring their fellow students here at home,” said Jake Harriman, CEO of Nuru International. “In addition to providing clean drinking water for the community, these new wells will allow local girls and women to focus on education, personal development and business opportunities.”
I am creating awareness with a view to fund raise for the construction of bore hole projects in areas of the country where clean water is not easily accessible. Am also inviting like minded persons who would like to do same for their community to partner with me. I am also planning to appeal to international charitable Organisations and groups for expert advice and support. Too many young and elderly have died from dirty water related diseases and many more are seriously ill, others are going blind. Please team up with and lets give something back to the society that bore and raised us. Starting with my constituency, Estako west, we aim to construct over 50 bore holes in all the towns and villages especially closer to schools and health centres, as well as the major markets. We are also aiming at raising an initial amount of £30,000. Also on my proposed visit to Nigeria this October 09, I will scout around for more information. So watch this space as I will update on the out come.
"We all need to be concerned about the issue of safe drinking water. More people have died of unsave drinking water than any other kind of epidemic on earth. More people die of it even today. Greatest hit areas are Africa, Asia and South America."