BENEFITING: H2O FOR LIFE
Leon Bao is a 9th Grade student at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. When asked what got him interested in starting this water project, Leon said, “Clean water is a daily necessity that we often take for granted here in the US, but for many parts of the world, it is a luxury. I was shocked to learn in my 8th grade Science class that almost one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. Over 2.5 billion people live with no adequate sanitation, and that’s one third of the world’s population”. The water and sanitation problems have become serious health, education and economic issues. Each year, about 315,000 children under age five die from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. This means nearly 900 children die every day. In some parts of the world, women and children sometimes have to walk for three miles every day to get water, and many schools don’t even have clean water sources and toilets.
“After some research, I am excited to learn about the H2O for Life Organization and the Complete WASH project. I shared this with my friends, and we wanted to get involved. We may not have a lot of money to give now, but we are doing our part to help.” Leon hopes the Eagles Water for Life Project will bring the awareness and encourage friends, family, school community, and people in the social network to join efforts to provide the practical help to the students at Tobrise Basic Primary School in Nigeria, so that they can soon get safe drinking water, washing stations and toilets at school.
Together we can make a big difference, if everyone is doing his or her part.