The University of Hartford's Engineers Without Borders student chapter is holding a "Walk for Water" on Friday, April 9, to raise awareness of the need for people everywhere to have access to clean drinking water. This is an important cause for student chapter members because many have traveled to Abheypur, India to help villagers install a solar powered well and maintain a clean drinking water supply.
More than 60 students plan to walk 15 laps around the campus lawn from 5-7 p.m. Those laps will total 3.75 miles, representing the average distance women in underdeveloped regions of the world walk to collect water. Student walkers will have the option of carrying a 50-pound bag of sand to represent the weight of the water women in a developing country typically carry at one time.
The event is free, but walkers are encouraged to donate $15 to Engineers Without Borders to help continue their efforts in Abheypur.
The University of Hartford's Engineers Without Borders chapter is working to provide a sustainable clean water source for approximately 20% of the 3,400 villagers in Abheypur, India who do not have easy access to a public water supply. Students have made several trips to India to work on this project, most recently in January, 2010. To read a blog about their recent trip, visit http://uofhchapterofewb.blogspot.com/.