Oklahoma High School Students Provide Clean Water to Developing World

Oklahoma High School Students Provide Clean Water to Developing World

By: Kathy Redmond   |   Posted: March 20, 2012

Students Supply 8500 People with Compassion Water of Life Filters

NORMAN, OK - Due to the inspired efforts of area high school students, over 8,500 people in Kenya will have a lifetime of clean water through Compassion’s Water of Life filters. 

Last August, Oklahoma City business, Chad Cargill's Test Prep, challenged students to raise money for clean water filters for people living in extreme poverty.  Since that time, almost $90,000 has been raised, with the top fundraiser earning a trip to Kenya to meet the beneficiaries of this effort.

“We are overwhelmed by the response of these high school students to provide clean water to thousands of kids in need. This generation of teens is looking to be part of a great cause. They know they can change the world."

The Compassion Water of Life filters allow those who do not have access to clean water to use any available water source, run it through a filter and obtain 99.9 pure drinking water.  One filter is $55 and lasts a lifetime for a child and his or her family.

Cargill decided to partner with Compassion International because of a trip he took with the organization to Kenya where he saw the disease and hardship people endured because of a lack of clean water. 

“In Kenya, I had children beg me for my water bottle, and I watched a baby cry dry tears because he had no moisture in his body. It was more than I could bear. Somebody had to do something and these high school students were ready to change the world one bucket at a time.  We can't wait to see what the next several years hold for this contest."

The students will continue to raise funds until May 31, 2012 with the trip to Kenya in June.