Monday, May 17, 2010

Well in Sierra Leone Funded by IUPUI Students

It began two years ago when the first dollar was dropped into a glass jar, reports the news bureau at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. It will end in September 2010 when a notice is attached to a new well to be dug in a village in Sierra Leone, thanking members of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the international honors society in Psychology, at IUPUI for providing the villagers with clean drinking water.

The psychology students raised $4041 toward the $4,850 cost of the well, starting in 2008. The first $100 was donated at a presentation arranged by the Psychology Club and Psi Chi by a member of the Fisher’s Rotary Club, describing that club’s efforts to raise money for wells in Africa through Water is Life, a project connected to World Hope International.

The students then obtained Water is Life t-shirts, bracelets, bumper stickers and candles to sell, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the cost of the well.

Africa Water is Life, an initiative that was launched to empower young people to help people in Africa, will contribute the remaining $809 for the well so it can be drilled this fall.


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