With a passion to help those who do not have access to necessary resources, many humanitarian clubs raise money and send aid to people living in third world countries. These clubs raise awareness and send volunteers and supplies to help those in need.
Thirst Project Club is one of the newest humanitarian clubs on campus to raise awareness and help supply water to those who are deprived of vital resources. Every other Tuesday during lunch, this newly formed club meets in room 207, Mrs. Lewsadder’s room.
A Chinese proverb quotes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for the day. If teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.” The Thirst Project is a global humanitarian organization that, instead of sending water bottles to a country in need, they build wells so that the water supply will last longer and be more efficient.
Instead of temporarily quenching the thirst of the people, the club intends to help build wells so they do not have to be thirsty. The Thirst Project estimates that 1.1 billion people on the Earth do not have access to clean, safe water, which is one out of every six people on the planet, and approximately 2.2 million deaths occur every year because of the contaminated water.
The La Cañada Thirst Project branch hopes to raise money to send people from the Thirst Project to areas without water and build wells. With a desire to help others with long term effects, club presidents Ryan Lee and Leeho Lim were inspired to create a unique club. With this in mind, the two sophomores were able to create the Thirst Project through the help of their friend Seth Maxwell.
“The feeling I receive when I help people is hard to explain, the joy and satisfaction you receive after helping is just heartwarming. Thanks to Seth, I was given an idea to create a new club and do what I enjoy doing: helping others” stated Leeho Lim.
Rather than sending water to a country, building a well saves more money in the long run. For every $5,000 the club gathers, a well can be built. Leeho hopes to raise enough money so that he can go and build a well with the club. The Club will hold many fundraisers, including bake sales at sporting events and raise awareness of the importance of water and preserving it.