Young & Free SC Contributes $16,000 to Water Missions International
Monday, June 13, 2011
(N. CHARLESTON, S.C.) – June 13, 2011 –
Young & Free South Carolina, powered by South Carolina Federal Credit Union, has partnered with Water Missions International to donate a clean water purification system to Musubi, Uganda, located on Lake Victoria in Africa.
Young & Free South Carolina sponsored Project Water during March and April to bring awareness to the global water crisis that kills more than 5,500 people every day and to raise money for Water Missions International.
Project Water raised $16,000 through community donations, art show fundraiser, text message campaign and South Carolina Federal Credit Union branch fundraisers.
Two other organizations—Water for Africa (an affiliate of Water for Life, International) and Hands4others (H4O)—also partnered with Water Missions International to provide safe water to a community on Lake Victoria. As a result, these organizations and Young & Free SC have contributed $31,000 to Water Missions International. This total amount will provide a sustainable water system to the community of Musubi in Uganda.
"This campaign will make transformational change in the lives of 3,000 Africans living in Musabi, Uganda,” said Molly Greene, Water Missions International co-founder. “In the United States, we take safe water for granted and can turn on the tap anywhere and drink. The people we serve around the world have no taps, much less the blessing of safe water. Together, we are providing "liquid hope!”
The community of Musubi is a rural fishing village located on Lake Victoria with a population of 3,000. The primary school in Musubi serves 1,200 students. Currently, the people of Musubi walk 5 kilometers to retrieve water. This new water system will be installed this summer. Photos and video of the progress will be available at www.youngfreesc.com
About South Carolina Federal
South Carolina Federal Credit Union is headquartered in North Charleston. More than 155,000 members own and belong to the not-for-profit financial cooperative, which has over $1.3 billion in assets. South Carolina Federal is a community-chartered credit union. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Calhoun or Georgetown counties, and most of the Columbia area, is eligible to join. South Carolina Federal has 17 branches, and more than 75 ATMs throughout Charleston, Columbia and Georgetown. In 2008, South Carolina Federal for the second consecutive year was voted one of the Best Places to Work in the state. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org or on the SiMPLE CENTS blog at simplecentsblog.org.
About Water Missions International
Water Missions International is an engineering relief and development Christian nonprofit. Its engineers, staff and volunteers design and provide sustainable, safe water solutions to disaster victims worldwide and people in 49 developing countries. Since 2001, Water Missions International has responded to the world's largest natural disasters and daily tackles the world’s single biggest cause of illness - lack of safe water and adequate sanitation (U.N. Report, 2005) by providing safe water to more than 2 million people. Charleston, S.C.-based Water Missions International has received Charity Navigator's top rating five years in a row. To help, visit WaterMissions.org
About Water for Africa
Water for Africa is an affiliate of Water for Life, located in California. Water for Life provides sustainable safe water and a Health Impact Study for more than 62,500 people in Sub-Saharan Africa communities. This project will serve safe water and community development needs located within one kilometer of the shore of Lake Victoria, beginning in Uganda and proceeding east into Kenya. Water for Africa has provided matching funds of $10,000 for 25 communities in Africa. The fundraising goal for the first phase of Water for Africa is $450,000. More information about Water for Africa can be found at www.waterforlife.org .
About Hands 4 Others (H40)
Hands 4 Others is a movement of young people whose goal is to help more than one million people in 200 villages around the world by 2015. More information about H40 can be found at www.hands4others.org .
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