Students to Raise Funds for 10 Wells in Mozambique
By: Hilary Nieland
"...I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink..." Matthew 25:35
Every year the Associated Students of Walla Walla University chooses a humanitarian service project for the campus. This year, students have chosen to raise $60,000 to build wells in the Zambezi Province of Mozambique.
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Eric Barnes, ASWWU project and fundraising manager, says they picked the project after doing research on what ASWWU could do that would have the biggest impact. If the goal of 10 wells is met, as many as 18,000 people would have access to clean water which could prevent diseases and cardiovascular problems, increase life expectancies by 20 years, and lower infant mortality rates by 35 to 50 percent.
Community members have gotten involved in the project as well. Wilkinson Bread Company and anonymous donors have agreed to match the money that the WWU students raise $2 to $1. Therefore, if WWU students raise $20,000 the $60,000 goal will be met.
To help raise funds, ASWWU is organizing several campus fundraisers, including an International Food Festival, featuring food and entertainment from around the world. It will take place April 7 from 4-9 p.m. in the Winter Education Complex. Students, faculty, and community are invited and all proceeds will go toward the project.