What is Water?

Technically it is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O.  It contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds.  It is essential to all human life, and it covers 70% of the earth’s surface.

To Americans, water is something that we don’t think twice about.  When we want some, we turn handles and it pours out.  Shower heads, sink faucets, fountains, bottles – it is accessible all the time.  We don’t question whether or not the water we drink will kill us.  We assume that the liquid consumed after we complete strenuous exercise or to satisfy our dry mouths or to fill our nalgenes will be safe.

This is a blessing.

But to 12% of the world, water is something that destroys lives.  When they want some they have to walk up to 8 miles to retrieve water that may not be sanitary, and they risk being raped on their journey.  To them, it is something that kills children and causes dysentery, diarrhea, and other illnesses.

We are working to erase this divide.  We are working so that the 12% of the world that is currently without clean water and adequate sanitation will have easy access to water and adequate sanitation that will satisfy their needs without threatening their health.

This semester, Students for Clean Water at UT is working to raise $20,000 to give a school in a developing country clean water and adequate sanitation for the first time.

Join us in bringing hope to a hurting world by making a donation to our campaign: