LAUSD Student Establishes High School Water Project in Africa

LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2014) – Bolstered by his belief of doing something great for others, Daniel Kang, a senior at Van Nuys High School, founded the High School Water Project. “Water, it seemed to me, was the core of living” said Kang. “So, I sought to attack the problem at its core.”
 
Kang welcomed students who were willing to aid his project. “If they had a heart, we chose to help them and welcome them in our journey,” said Kang, who will graduate from high school this spring.

His efforts drew over the past four years nearly 300 student volunteers from area schools. They helped him raise—through donations from school bake sales and other activities— more than $10,000. That money will pay for three mechanical water wells, capable of sustaining an African village of 4,000 individuals for more than 20 years.

Building the wells was coordinated through the Good Neighbors program, which hired mechanics and engineers to identify locations where wells could exist in the country of Chad. The central African nation desperately needs more sources of water to quench the thirsts of its growing population, especially for those living in rural areas, Kang said.
 
For villagers, the wells have added benefits. For instance, young girls will be less prone to sexual attacks without making long walks alone to gather water for their families, freeing them to spend more time in school. In addition, the water wells minimize water-borne disease that claims thousands of lives, particularly newborns, every year.

Good Neighbors follows a series of steps from conception to implementation for each completed well. The group identifies a location, and sends a research team to gather facts about the nearby population, including overall health and distance from water sources.
 
Then, the group teaches villagers how to maintain a well, once completed. The group also meets water department officials, and pays for government inspection of the pump to help ensure its longevity. For more details, click on the link below. 
 

Schools that raised funds for the project are: 
 
Chaminade Preparatory School: Students raised funds and awareness through business campaigns and conventions. They also donated proceeds from a new student business that sold fruit smoothies.
 
Granada Hills Charter High School: Volunteers participated in campaigns that raised awareness for the water project by selling food and boba drinks at school. The students also sold custom-designed sweatshirts.

Cleveland High School: Students took part in various beach cleanups, and held meetings to discuss dire conditions in Chad, in particular, and Third World countries, in general.
 
North Hollywood High School: Volunteers hosted school group meetings to discuss Chad, while also participating in inter-school events

El Camino High School: Students sold baked goods in front of local grocery shops to spread awareness of the water project and to raise funds.
 
Crescenta Valley High School: Volunteers launched an online academic bookstore to help raise funds, and sold baked goods in front of local grocery shops to not only raise funds but to also spread information about impoverished conditions in Chad.

Cerritos schools: Students started an online store, and held closet sales, while crafting homemade bows to raise funds and awareness for this cause.
 
Van Nuys High School: Volunteers sold custom designed shirts, hosted numerous events (ice-skating, bowling, restaurant, movie nights, and fundraising parties), participated in various awareness campaigns and conventions. Students also sold gift cards to nearby grocery stores. 

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