On Tuesday, November 2 at 10 a.m., SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) will host a water walk on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. The group’s efforts, known as the Dry Tears Project, will help raise money to donate for the construction of a well in Africa.
“Some children in Africa are so dehydrated they physically cannot cry tears,” said Melissa Blumer, a SIFE member and a junior from Ellijay, Ga. “Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from not having water. Even if they are able to get water, it is typically unclean and can lead to death. Nearly 1 billion people don't have access to clean, safe drinking water.
“During the water walk, we will sell bracelets for $2 each to raise money,” she continued. “Our goal is to donate $500 or more to bring clean water to Africa. It costs about $3,000 to build a well, but $10 alone can give one person clean water.”
For the project, participants will walk around the campus—starting at the Hasty Student Life Center, going around the Falany Performing Arts Center, and circling back to the Student Life Center. As they walk, they will have the choice to carry either a bucket or jug of water. This action will imitate how Africans are forced to carry large amounts of water for long distances just to have clean water to cook with and drink.
The SIFE team has included an additional challenge for the Reinhardt community to raise money for the project. “We are challenging Reinhardt’s students, faculty and staff to only drink free water for one week,” said Blumer. “We are asking that they give up their coffee, soda, or even bottled water for one week, or even a day, and take the money they have saved and put it towards clean water for Africa.”
For more information, contact Tina Boosel, SIFE advisor and instructor of business, at 770-720-5580 or THB@reinhardt.edu
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