Student Group Water To Thrive Raises $5,000 to Build Well in Ethiopia

December 10, 2012

Texas Lutheran University’s (TLU) student organization Water To Thrive raised $5,000 to complete the construction of a well in Ethiopia that will provide clean drinking water for 250 people over the next 20 years. What began nearly three years ago as a small group of students wanting to make a difference has culminated in the opportunity to provide funding for a well.

Water To Thrive President Amy Lees said the support from the Seguin community, as well as the TLU campus, is the reason the group finally met their goal.

“When we first started, the Seguin community was and continues to be very generous,” Lees said. “Our benefit dinner and silent auction we hold each year has gained enough support among the area, allowing us a chance to really educate the public on what Water To Thrive does. I think it comes down to the fact we’re all people living on this earth. Some of us are lucky enough to live in places with access to clean water and we need to remember there are many, many people in the world who don’t have this basic need.”

Drew Brandt, Water To Thrive public relations officer, said according to, there are more than one billion people in the world who do not have access to clean water to drink, to bathe with, to do their dishes and their laundry.

“With this issue I believe knowing is half the battle,” Brandt said. “Letting the community know we’re raising money for this cause is very important and they have really helped us out over the past few years. We hope that the relationship between our organization, TLU and Seguin citizens continues to grow so we can help even more people.”

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