Clean Water in Africa: Oregon Teens Work to Make a Difference

Going green — By Stephanie on July 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Plan%20Tanzania Clean Water in Africa: Oregon Teens Work to Make a Difference

Water purification systems in Africa

Water shortage is a growing crisis, particularly in African countries where women spend hours traveling each day in search of water – time that could be spent pursing vocations or raising their children.  And speaking of children – estimates are that 5,000 children die each day due to parasites, bacteria and silt in their water.  Over a billion people worldwide are impacted.  As we noted in a related post:

Every 15 seconds, a child dies from lack of potable water, from preventable diseases like diarrhea.  Millions lack the conveniences we take for granted, like toilet facilities.

A group of Oregon teens right here in my hometown are working to make a difference to help bring clean water to affected regions. Fund-raising this week will help provide water purification systems to Tanzania.  You can help!

These young Central Oregonians are hoping that their efforts can both raise awareness and make an important difference when it comes to potable water in a number of African countries.  Ryan Rudnik is an 18 year old high school graduate in Bend, Oregon.  Despite his young age, the budding engineer researched and helped design a water purification device that can deliver 8 gallons of clean water per minute.  In order to get the device to Tanzania, they need to raise $4,000.

For my readers who are local, you won’t want to miss Drinks on Bend: A Benefit Concert and Art Auction for Clean Water in Africa, on July 30, 2010 from 6-10 p.m. at the Life Amphitheater (21720 E. Highway 20).  For just $10 a person ($7 for students) you can enjoy Rootdown, Tim Bach, The Snag and Chris Chabot.  You can RSVP to Drinks on Bend on Facebook.

Perhaps more importantly, anyone – anywhere, can support bringing clean water to Africa.  Simply go to On Track Ministries to make an online donation, and be sure to note Africa Water Project.

Here’s why:

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