DHS H2O Club funds clean water for African community


Grace Li, News Editor

Dublin High’s H2O Club made its way through the campus on the 3rd and 4th of June, carrying and selling Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts for a cause. Their objective? To raise enough money to make a change globally by funding clean water projects in foreign countries.

“We hope to raise enough money to purchase a Community LifeStraw, which will provide purified water for 60 to 70 children for 3 years,” says president Visesha Kakarla. “We are very close to our goal, so we hope to finally reach it.”

The Community LifeStraw is purchased through the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale for the price of a few hundred dollars. It is a high capacity water filter designed for rural schools, communal gathering areas, and health clinics. The Community LifeStraw does not run on electricity, and can filter up to 100,000 liters of water from bacteria and viruses, making it convenient to use for those living in third-world conditions.

The Rotary Club has already raised thousands of dollars for the clean water cause, and Dublin High’s H2O Club were looking to add to their overwhelming success by hosting a donut fundraiser on campus. Donuts were sold for one dollar each, and ten dollars for a dozen.

“It’s great how we can take something fun like a fundraiser and sell an item a lot of people love such as donuts, and furthermore turn it into something that benefits two groups of people,” says secretary Sabrina Gomez. “While DHS students get donuts, people who need sanitary water will benefit as well!”

According to the Rotary Club’s statistics, people living in these African communities have to walk six to eight hours on average, searching for dirty water to drink. This Community LifeStraw eliminates problems of fatigue and search, as well as many health issues that plague their communities. Every 8 seconds, a child dies from unsafe drinking water. It is estimated that dirty drinking water causes 80% of all sicknesses. 884 million people live without any clean water. The H2O Club is trying to decrease those numbers.