According to the organization charity: water, nearly one
billion of the world’s people
don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water--and unsafe
water and a lack of basic sanitation cause diseases that kill more
people every year than all forms of violence.
Now the Miller Worley Center
for the Environment is working with MHC students to raise money for
charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings clean, safe
drinking water to people in developing nations. To support the students
who are trying to make a difference, the Miller Worley Center is
sponsoring a campuswide bottle and can drive, with all proceeds going to
charity: water. Now through May 14, the Mount Holyoke community can
donate to the charity: water campaign by collecting bottles and cans in
residence halls and offices and dropping them into specially marked
collection bins or at the Miller Worley Center in Dwight Hall.
The effort is being led by Melissa White ’13 and Emily Lindauer ’13.
White is a politics and chemistry major from Tallahassee, Florida;
Lindauer is an architecture major from Philadelphia. Both students have
been raising money for charity: water since last spring.
"I fell in love with charity: water because it does a fantastic
job of taking something I am passionate about--safe and clean access to
water resources--and making it easy to be a part of the solution," says
White. "As a global community, Mount Holyoke is the perfect place to
push this idea of providing drinking water to those in developing
"The bottle and can collection is a great way to take a resource that
we already have and turn it into something that will essentially bring
clean water to people across the globe. Access to safe drinking water
means more than quenching a population’s thirst. It means better access
to education, disease prevention, and safer communities," adds Lindauer.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking to
obtain water, according to charity: water. Women and children usually
bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest
source. Establishing a clean water project nearby provides both safe drinking water
and time and freedom to women and children in these developing nations.
In four years, charity: water has raised more than $20 million and
funded 3,196 water projects. The organization funds a range of water solutions, including hand-dug
wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater
catchments, and BioSand filters. It is the goal of
charity: water to not only provide clean and safe water to those in
need, but to do so through sustainable projects.
The donations generated from bottles and cans collected will go
directly to the organization, and participants will be able to track the
MHC campaign’s progress. Participants are asked to make certain
donated bottles are redeemable in Massachusetts. Collection bins will be
available throughout campus near recycling bins and in other locations.
The center and students are currently planning awareness events, art
displays, and other campaign efforts that will be scheduled throughout
For more information, contact the Miller Worley Center for the
Environment at 413-538-3091 or visit the center's website.