I am a lucky person…I have never had to wonder where my next meal or glass of water will come from. Not everyone is that lucky. Today I am profiling a volunteer that believes no human being should die because of lack of water or food.
Many of us have heard of The Water Project – they are an organization that brings relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Nisha Varghese set a goal in March 2010 to raise $6,500 for The Water Project. This is the average cost of building a well in Africa or India. She created a fundraising site through FirstGiving.com to collect donations and has promoted her fundraising efforts on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. She has already raised over $6,000 and with our help she can meet (and maybe even exceed) her goal.
Nisha doesn’t stop there. She also created another project called Virginia’s Sandwich Run. The idea is simple, raise enough money to put together 48 sandwiches a week for the people in her current housekeeper’s neighborhood. This project is named for the housekeeper that Nisha’s family had as a child. According to Nisha, Virginia was a person who gave her best to the world and the people around her. You can make a donation to Nisha’s sandwich project here.
When I asked Nisha why she volunteers she said, “I believe that it is up to each and every one of us to create the world we want.” Her most memorable volunteer experience is “knowing that 15-20 kids don’t go to bed hungry because I spent an hour every Saturday making sandwiches.”
Nisha recommends that those who are new to volunteering should contact their local homeless shelter for volunteer opportunities. Nisha is an inspiring 20 year old who is wheelchair bound as a result of Cerebral Palsy. She says, “if I can be of service to the world in spite of my ‘disability’, nobody else has an excuse not to be.”
Update: Nisha’s fundraiser is complete and the well has been built! Stop by The Water Project to see photos of the well.