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    Senior Emily Horrego with Thirst Project speakers and high school faculty

    Emily Horrego SJS '12 will be presenting to the students at SJS regarding The Thirst Project.  our students will have a dress down day with the proceeds going to benefit this cause.

    April 8, 2016 – Think about the dozens of ways you use water every single day: boiling water for dinner, showering before work, doing laundry, watering your lawn, and of course, for drinking. 

    Now imagine that you had to walk almost 4 miles every day to gain access to water – and that your water source was nothing more than an unprotected hole in the ground, shared with animals and insects. Imagine that drinking this water put you at risk for parasites, diseases and other health problems; and imagine so much of your time was spent gathering water that you weren’t able to work or go to school.

    This is the fate of approximately 663 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean water. But the Thirst Project – and Goshen High School senior Emily Horrego – are working to put an end to that.

    Founded in 2008 by eight college students, the Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization. Horrego first learned about the Thirst Project during her Participation in Government class, where students were asked to complete a civic action project with the goal of making a positive change in society, either locally or nationally. Under the direction of Teacher Jonathan Redeker, Emily and her classmate Sabrina Fidanza raised $200 for the Thirst Project by hosting a pizza and bake sale.

    Global water crisis by the numbers:

    88% - the amount that disease rates can drop overnight by providing safe drinking water.

    90% - the amount that child mortality rates would drop with clean water.

    3.75 – the number of miles walked, on average, to fetch water.

    6-8 – the number of hours spent daily gaining access to water.

    44 – the number of pounds of water carried on every trip back from a water source.

    21 - a child dies of water-related disease every 21 seconds

    25 - the number of dollars that would give one person access to clean, safe water for life

    “The statistics of how the lack of clean water can negatively impact your life are incredible,” said Horrego. “It really hit me hard.”

    So hard, in fact, that even after the semester ended, Horrego decided that she wanted to take her civic action project even further. She reached out to the Thirst Project and coordinated an assembly for her classmates.

    “I thought it’d be an interesting opportunity for everyone to learn about the water crisis,” she said. “Many people don’t even know it’s happening. Clean water is something we take for granted every day, and there are so many people who go without it.”

    On April 1, Thirst Project presenters Evan Hutton and Dahe Jun came to Goshen High School and educated students about the global water crisis and how the Thirst Project is working to end it.

    In fact, the Thirst Project made a commitment in 2012 to solve the water crisis completely in Swaziland by 2022. Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa, has the single highest-density HIV/AIDS population in the world, yet the diseases found in Swaziland’s contaminated water will actually kill them faster than AIDS itself.

    “We will be the generation to push the water crisis into the history books,” Jun told students.

    After the presentation, students spent time speaking with Hutton and Jun, donated spare change and purchased merchandise to help fund the Thirst Project’s initiative – 100% of donations go towards water projects. To date, the Thirst Project has raised $8 million for 1,846 projects in 13 countries, benefiting more than 306,000 people worldwide.

    “I’m hopeful that my classmates will be affected as I was and will want to help make a change,” said Horrego, who recently returned from a mission trip in Honduras with a different organization, HOI, to help complete water wells and other community development projects. She hopes to someday work and travel with the Thirst Project to help end the water crisis around the world.

    To learn more about the Thirst Project or to make a donation, visit www.ThirstProject.org

    Photo: From left, Dahe Jun, Evan Hutton, Social Studies Teacher Jonathan Redeker, Emily Horrego and Principal Robert McKiernan.

    Above shared from the Goshen CSD website.


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