Since 2008, Water to Thrive, a faith-based non-profit in Austin, has been working to raise awareness of the global water crisis while raising funds to construct clean water wells in rural villages in Africa. Concordia has been a proud partner in that effort.
In the last five years, the Concordia community has raised enough to fund 10 wells, three in the last year alone. Water to Thrive estimates that these 10 wells will serve approximately 5,000 people for the next 25 years, improving overall quality of life for residents who live in those villages.
Right now, almost a billion in people in the world do not have access to clean safe water. Women in Africa spend as much as six hours a day collecting water, which keeps them from the work force. Young girls are often forced to drop out of school to assist with water collection. And illnesses are far too common from water-born parasitic diseases.
Concordia's immediate past president Dr. Tom Cedel and his wife Penny have been tireless champions for this cause, and to honor them, the 10th well was dedicated in their honor and presented on August 22 during the Excellence in Leadership Gala, honoring Dr. Cedel.
Concordia will continue to partner with Water to Thrive to build more wells and you can help! Visit www.concordia.edu/w2tGiving to learn more.