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WSU students bring awareness to global water crisis

November 15, 2012

Michiganders are surrounded by one of the world’s most precious natural resources — H2O. For nearly a billion people around the globe, however, access to clean, consumable water is limited or non-existent. A team of WSU students hopes to change that.

Meet Abess Makki, Ali Abdallah, Ali Mourad, Muhamad Chbib and Rashid Al-Mehdi of the National Student Water Association (NSWA). With the help of faculty advisor Dr. Silas Norman Jr. and WSU alumnus Brandon Dalziel, the students are working toward solutions to the global water crisis one country at a time.

Along the way, they are educating their peers and students at Dearborn's Fordson High School (their alma mater) about opportunities to make a difference. 

“Our students are involved in community projects locally and outside the country,” says Norman, associate dean of admissions for the School of Medicine. “We are training them to be able to contribute wherever they are and wherever they find themselves.”

Dalziel, an attorney with Bodman PLC, helped the NSWA obtain nonprofit status.

The group is planning a trip to Honduras during spring break 2013, where they will build wells. Makki said they hope to raise at least $2,500 to build a well on behalf of Wayne State. 

To learn more, visit www.studentwater.org.

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