Hannah Vestal wrote -
We are a group of St. Louis University students educating others about the water crisis and walking in solidarity with the 1 in 9 people without access to clean water. We are striving to fight this injustice through funding water projects for Solea Water, a non-profit organization started by a fellow Billiken, whose goal is to provide access to clean water for people in Latin America.
We are fundraisng for water filters that will go to a community in the Toledo district of Belize. The filters are $36 each, and they will provide households with access to clean water for about ten years. This "band-aid" approach will help the people where they are currently at, and it will allow Solea Water to form a relationship and trust with the community. The hope is to eventually provide the people with a well that will sustain them for longer.
On September 5, 2014, Hannah, a junior at St. Louis University, decided to carry a jerry can to her classes to support a friend's non-profit water organization. A jerry can is a typical water container that many women and children have to carry to collect water, often up to four miles every day. A jerry can is 40 pounds when filled. Hannah thought she would be able to fill the jerry can all the way to the top, at least for the day, but the moment she tried to pick it up she could barely lift it. In that moment, she knew her efforts to raise awareness of this injustice would not stop that day. She decided to carry her jerry can with her every day, all day, to spread awareness about the water crisis and the fact that 1 in 9 people do not have access to clean water. She also made a personal goal to raise $7,500 in order to fund a windmill aqueduct for Solea Water, the non-profit organization her friend and fellow classmate, Rachael Burchett, started. A little over five months later, on February 10, 2014, Hannah reached her goal of $7,500 with the help of family, friends, and strangers who donated, as well as her classmates who took turns carrying jerry cans for weeks at a time. Hannah did not want her efforts to end there, however, so she created Billikens For Clean Water to get more SLU students involved in her campaign. Hannah is a big believer that small steps can create big change, so she is excited to see where this journey goes!
Visit Solea Water's website here: http://www.soleawater.org/
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