JMU students work to provide access to clean water in Uganda

Even though the city is directly connected to a massive water source, means of filtering that water are scarce and clean water is hard to come by for many of Entebbe’s residents.
One student involved with their Global Internship Program is Amelia Morrison, a senior geographic science major at JMU.
Morrison works with H4O’s clean water program, which has provided over 220,000 people in 15 different countries, including Uganda, with clean water by building wells and implementing filtration systems.
“Uganda’s such a place that’s so rich in culture and love and there’s so many people that are just so giving of themselves and so hospitable,” Shellabarger said.
That’s why Morrison is coordinating her own fundraiser for a clean water system in Entebbe.
“So it’s really a powerful thing to create partnerships with people who care, even if they’re not focused on the same issue as you.” Uganda is just one of many places struggling during the clean water crisis.
Around the world, more than 840 million people don’t have safe drinking water.
“We definitely feel like it’s something that we take for granted here in the United States,” Grajales said.
“I definitely feel like JMU is a place where everyone’s kind of trying to do something to make the world a better place,” Grajales said.
And the feeling that comes when you achieve that is really, really a good feeling.

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