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SLP students raising money for water project in India
02-25-11

Money will be used for a rain water harvesting project.
The Misericordia University National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter and the Misericordia University Lions Club are selling bottled water on campus to raise money for a rain water harvesting project in the village of Aangre Kond, Taluka Mahad, India.

Through the Society to Heal Aid Restore Educate (SHARE), proceeds from the sale of individual bottled water by 143 speech-language pathology students at Misericordia University will be used to help pay for the construction of a water system in the mountainous village. Residents of the village deal with severe drought conditions every March. Due to its high elevation, women and children must travel as far as seven miles up and down the slopes of the mountain in search of clean water. The search usually takes up most of their day, and since water must be used sparingly, daily hygiene is not possible.

The Misericordia University and Misericordia University Lions Club fundraising project will enable SHARE to help residents spend more time engaging in a healthy lifestyle, as well educating their children instead of searching for water. SHARE’s plan includes establishing a clean water source and running a pipeline to a water tank stationed in the village.

Misericordia students are selling the bottled water for $2 each at MU athletic events and on campus. On each bottle, the label tells the purchaser how their generosity is supporting a worthy cause: “As we take clean water and your donation of two dollars for this bottle of water for granted, some lack very basic needs — like water.’’ The Lions of 14W Foundation donated 60 cases of water to the project.

To purchase bottled water, please contact Lori Cimino, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., clinical director and assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University at (570) 674-6724. The public can make donations to the water project online at www.misericordia.edu/slp.

“SHARE has completed other highly successful rain water harvesting projects in rural villages in India,’’ said Cimino. “Our pre-professional chapter continues to strive to provide community service and raise money for important causes that assist those most in need in our community here and abroad.’’

The Misericordia University Lions Club is also applying for matching grant funding through the Lions Club International Foundation that will be applied to the water project in India. The foundation awards grant funding to Lions districts worldwide for large-scale humanitarian projects that address community needs.

Overall, the Misericordia NSSLHA Chapter students have participated in 21 service projects. They have raised money and donated blankets for children in Ecuador, raised money for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association through a T-shirt sale and raised money for the 2011 Memory Walk and many others.

Caption:

The Misericordia University National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter is partnering with the Misericordia University Lions Club to raise money for a rain water harvesting project in India. Misericordia NSSLHA officers posing with cases of water, kneeling from left, are Ambria Andrasi, Dallas, Pa., treasurer; and Jill Cline, Hellertown, Pa., secretary; standing, Mary Kate Baran, Bethlehem, Pa., president; and Haley Ellis, Bangor, Pa., vice president.