Students in the Madeira clubs: Hands United, Judaism at Madeira (JAM), and FOCUS have come together to spearhead an effort with Wine To Water (WTW) and MITRE to provide clean water to developing nations.
According to Wine to Water, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water and globally, 1 in 4 healthcare facilities lack basic water services. The already dire water crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic, as people without access to clean water, hand washing, or hygiene are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
Over the next three months, the Madeira-MITRE Teams will work collaboratively to provide communications outreach, informational sessions, and an event speaker series to help educate the public about their clean water project. Dr. Liv Blackmon, parent to Anna Blackmon '21, and Riley Fujioka from MITRE are assisting in the Madeira effort toward the WTW initiative.
On March 22, World Water Day, the Madeira-MITRE team will participate in Wine To Water's Virtual Filter Build. Participants will order a water filtration kit from WTW that, once assembled, will provide clean water to up to 10 people for over 10 years. The goal of the build is to construct over 200 water filters. The completed filters will be shipped to marginalized communities in Nepal and Haiti. Our students are proud to be a part of organizing this wonderful, community-building opportunity and hope that this serves as a reminder that we can all take action during a pandemic.
Good luck to all our students leading this effort: Anna Blackmon '21, Stella Davis '21, Ashley Zheng '22, Sophie Wang '22, Rachel Rhee-Feitel '21, Hannah Aguinis '21, Rachel Rubin '21, Carolyn Keen '21, Adelle Cheng '21, Paige Distefano '22, Kaitlyn Alsina '21, Maylynn Rodriguez '23, and Nyla Choudry '23.
To participate in the virtual filter build and learn more about this project visit: https://give.winetowater.org/event/madeira-mitre-virtual-filter-build-experience/e313333
Water To Wine: Wine To Water is a non-profit organization that has played an influential role in helping mitigate the global clean water crisis. With the uptick in health issues due to the COVID-19 crisis, Wine To Water has responded by installing handwashing stations and distributing water filters and hygiene kits in places such as the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Nepal, and East Africa. Initiatives like these have impacted over 100,000 lives since March 2020, and it is because of volunteers all around the world that they have been so successful.
MITRE: The MITRE Corporation is an American not-for-profit organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts, and McLean, Virginia. It manages federally funded research and development centers supporting several U.S. government agencies.