Madeira students bring awareness to water scarcity in Nepal and Haiti

February 25, 2021

Several Madeira clubs (Hands United, JAM, FOCUS, BSU, and WEARTH) banded together with MITRE Corporation and Wine To Water to host a compelling event this week that centered around the scarcity of water and its links to women’s empowerment. Head of School, Ms. Gretchen Warner, spoke about how Madeira’s mission is focused on empowering students. “Being motivated to make a difference – and knowing how to do it – is a defining characteristic of a Madeira student,” shared Ms. Warner. Madeira leads Anna Blackmon ‘21 (Co-Head of Hands United Club), and Sophie Wang ‘22 demonstrated Ms. Warner’s point by leading the program to support the “life and dignity for all through the power of clean water.” Guest speaker Roshani Karki, who grew up in Nepal where water was scarce, recounted how she often had to wake up at four in the morning to trudge through miles with a giant bucket baring down on her back at just four years old. She would then have to wait in a line spanning the whole community for barely enough water. Since women and young girls were expected to go through this arduous process every single day, many were robbed of a chance at education and opportunity.

Madeira’s clubs are working collaboratively to raise $10,000, which will cover the cost of 200 water filters for marginalized communities in Nepal and Haiti. On World Water Day (March 22nd), participants will have the opportunity to join a virtual build session to construct the filters together via Zoom to help create a more just, equitable, and united society. Attendee Hannah Aguinis ‘21 noted, “These stories provide incredible context and reminds all of us the difference our involvement makes.”


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