Pace University Students March a Mile with Buckets to Raise Money for Clean Water in Tanzania
PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 20, 2013 – Today one hundred twenty Pace University students marched a mile with buckets of water on their heads to reenact the grueling task thousands in the developing world endure each day to provide water for their families. But the students’ burdens were eased knowing $5,000 would be donated to Engineers Without Borders, Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter, to create a community water well in Islanjandugu, Tanzania.
The Walk for World Water, organized by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in partnership with Pace Athletics, began at the Pace student center and streamed onto Bedford Road in Pleasantville, where dozens of cars honked their support for the unusual parade. The students, carrying orange buckets high in the air, were led by the university’s athletic teams. The water walkers reentered the campus and returned to their starting point, where students were relieved to lower their buckets and ease their aching arms, necks, and shoulders.
The event was also co-sponsored by Pace’s Golden Key International Honour Society, Sigma Iota Chi and Peace and Justice Society. The Home Depot generously provided funding for the buckets.
“Ours was a small effort compared to what happens in some communities throughout the developing world,” said Michelle Land, Pace Academy’s director. “The task falls to women and children to haul water, often of terrible quality, in some cases as far as four miles. Things we take for granted here, such as a faucet in the home, are beyond their experience.”
“You can tell people stories and show them pictures of what it is like to travel miles for water, but until they do it themselves or travel to these countries, they won’t understand,” said Chinyere Ojini, project leader for the Tanzania project, and communications specialist for AECOM. “But because of this event, students at Pace now understand what it is like to have to do this every day.”
About Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies: A freestanding institute within the Office of the Provost, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is a university-wide initiative to renew and deepen Pace’s time-honored commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service. Because the study of the environment is inherently interdisciplinary, the Pace Academy engages expertise across departments within Pace’s schools and colleges. The mission of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is to advance the understanding of the mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society through a University-wide program of interdisciplinary pedagogy, scholarship, policy development and service. Pace Academy also serves as the headquarters for the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities. www.pace.edu/academy
About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu