Rotary Club of Faribault

Posted by Mary Reese

H20 For Life

     Patty Hall was our speaker May 8th 2019. She is the founder of H2O for Life, a former teacher, and a member of Rotary.
Patty Hall told us of how her mom loved watching Tarzan and always knew when it was time to come in for dinner because of the jungle call coming from her house. Her mom’s love of Tarzan led to a visit to Kenya, because she really wanted to see how people lived in Africa.
What they were able to experience was that everyone walked everywhere. Most times the nearest water source was 10 miles away. Females missed school because they were busy carrying water for them to survive because there were also kids dying from the lack of water.
     As a teacher in New Brighton, Patty knew that she had to do something. She presented a project to her school kids after coming back from her trip to see if they could raise the funds needed to help with the water crisis. In the end students raised over 13,000 and helped name the project H20, Help to Others. Students were able to see pictures of the completed projects and realized what they really do to help others.
     H2O for Life provides a service-learning opportunity for schools in the United States that helps teachers and students raise awareness about the global water crisis while taking action to provide funds for a water, sanitation, and hygiene education project for a partner school in the developing world.
Since 2007, nearly 1 million students (and thousands of teachers) from H2O for Life schools have supported water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for partner schools in the developing world.