BENEFITING: Saha Global
My name is Tianlin "Linda" Chang and I am an environmental engineering student at Georgia Tech about to begin my graduate studies in January. I was inspired to pursue environmental engineering after having lived in an undeveloped region of El Salvador where there were no water treatment systems and limited electricity and running water to the houses. Most of my neighbors suffered from thyroid, breast, and prostate cancers while miscarriages and developmental disorders remained high. Communicable diseases also plagued the region and I was even diagnosed with having the protozoa Entamoeba histolytica from drinking contaminated water.
At the time, I could not understand the abnormally high precedence especially of the long-term health problems in the area. After returning to the US, I researched and took an environmental science class that focused on toxicology. Only then did I realize that the intense use and runoff of herbicides and pesticides into the shallow springs and rivers in the agricultural community was the source of these issues.
This overall experience made me appreciate how safe water was so readily available in my life. On the other hand, I could not believe how such a basic right such as that to clean water was being denied to so many millions of people around the world. Today, 1 in 8 people around the world still do not have access to clean water. Four million people die each year from preventable water-related diseases and 90 percent of those deaths are children under the age of five.How can the world expect developing nations to advance if they do not have the simplest stepping stone of clean water?
I joined the CWS Fellowship program because after studying these past few years about HOW to implement a solution, I would like to go out into the field and be able to DO it with my own hands. I have seen the issues with my own eyes and now I want to be part of the solution. So, please join me in helping me fund raise $3,000, of which 100 percent will go to paying my program fee, travel, and lodge expenses as well as sustaining the Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program for future projects.
To learn more about Community Water Solutions, please visit: http://www.communitywatersolutions.org/
I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support. We can all do our part to make the world a better place. So, let's get started!