Students Rise to the Challenge
By: Hilary Nieland
Walla Walla University students are joining Wilkinson Baking Company and private donors to provide as many as 30,000 Mozambicans with clean water. The project, headed by
the Associated Students of Walla Walla University, follows a tradition of organizing an ambitious service project each year. ASWWU’s goal for this year is to build 10 wells in the Zambezi Province of Mozambique.
Most people in the rural communities of Mozambique are surviving on an average of 8 ounces of water per day. Working in extreme climates and having so little water can cause severe cardiovascular issues. Also, a lack of access to clean water often results in exposure to malaria and other diseases and parasites.
According to the World Health Organization, access to clean water can increase a person’s life expectancy by 20 years and lower infant mortality rates by up to 50 percent.
The first community to receive a well has 3,678 people. If the goal of 10 wells is met, as many as 30,000 people would have access to clean water. The Mission Mozambique fundraising goal is $60,000. To drill a well and have routine maintenance performed, $6,000 is needed.
Wilkinson Bread Company and anonymous donors have agreed to match what the university raises $2 to $1, therefore if the university raises $20,000 the goal of $60,000 will be met.
Several fundraisers will take place throughout the rest of the school year including the International Food Festival. The festival will take place April 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Winter Educational Complex. It will feature food and entertainment from throughout the world as well as several prizes. Students, faculty, and the community are all encouraged to attend. All proceeds will go to the fundraiser.
Published March 27, 2013