Nancy Upke, psychology major
In the last three years, Hartwick students from the International Club and the Spanish Club have raised enough money to open a well in the rural village of San Antonio, in the Department de Santa Cruz in Bolivia. San Antonio is only one community out of an entire country that does not have access to clean water.
Following on this successful fundraising effort, psychology major Nancy Ukpe '05 worked with Spanish professor Esperanza Roncero to develop a recycling program at Hartwick to raise funds for drilling additional water wells in Bolivia. Nancy is urging the Hartwick community to work together to make a difference in the lives of the 1.2 billion people world-wide who lack access to safe water.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE ON OUR PLANET LACKS ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER?
Today, more than 1.2 billion of the planet's total population of 6 billion people lack access to safe water, and 2.3 billion have inadequate sanitation. In many of the world's 40 hungriest countries, people survive with 7.6 liters a day for all their water needs—far below the 50 liters per day the United Nations says constitutes the absolute minimum to fulfill water needs. In rural parts of developing world, women and children typically spend two to four hours each day under the hot sun hauling water from rivers and wells.