Water To Thrive Raises Nearly $8,000 to Build Wells in Ethiopia

April 21, 2019

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The TLU Water to Thrive (W2T) chapter successfully raised $7,922 this year through its annual benefit dinner and silent auction. This will complete fundraising for TLU’s sixth and seventh well with about $1,500 go toward efforts to construct number eight. These wells will likely be placed in Ethiopia near the other wells funded through this student organization.

Since 2011, W2T and the Center For Servant Leadership (CSL) have raised $35,000 for sustainable wells that provide fresh and clean water to surrounding communities.

"The TLU Water to Thrive chapter’s success throughout the years can mostly be attributed to a strong group of student leaders that are passionate about involving the entire community of Seguin in the mission of Water to Thrive," Morgan Klaser, CSL director, said. "While the wells are impacting communities around the globe from Texas, Seguin businesses, churches, community organizations, and individuals have been inspired by the cause. Access to clean water is a universal human right and the students here have clung to their ability to make a difference about this issue through partnering with Water to Thrive." 

President Katie Morton has been involved with the organization since her sophomore year.

"The most exciting aspect about Water To Thrive has to be the idea of sustainability," Morton, a junior molecular biology major, said. "Our organization focuses not only on building wells, but also on how to maintain it and keep it functional within the hands of the community. This is a huge challenge and I’m so glad to be part of something that sees a problem and actually commits to action. My favorite thing about what we do is how each well is marked with a plaque that has TLU’s name on it. It’s so exciting that we are physically able to see what our hard work and donations have gone to."

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