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World Water Day: Student Spotlight for Penn’s Year of Water (Notes from the Field)

March 22, 2011

As we are housed within the University of Pennsylvania, our Center has direct access to a valuable resource—an engaged student network. We have the opportunity to enlist undergraduate and graduate students from the many different schools within Penn, including the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), and the Wharton School, among others. The student workers at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy are contributing to Penn’s 2010-2011 Year of Water by highlighting the ideas and actions of students and social entrepreneurs within the Penn community.

Today is World Water Day and another installment of Notes From the Field for our Year of Water series, which highlights contributions from our student research assistants who demonstrate an active concern for social impact. Our students have the opportunity to apply the lessons from their academic pursuits in order to help raise awareness on how other students, donors, and nonprofits can make a difference in the lives of others. In this ongoing series of blogs related to water, we will post materials such as:

You can find out about other Penn Year of Water activities and participating groups, such as the Penn Museum, the Arthur Ross Gallery, and the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, by visiting: For more information on World Water Day, please visit:

See below for a video clip of one of our student research assistants, Penn School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) senior Sascha Murillo. She presented for the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, Intellectual Diversity for Health in the Developing World, held on January 26, 2011. In the summer of 2010, Sascha worked with Penn Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB) with two other students and two professional engineers in leading a water systems project in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Sascha joined the Center for High Impact Philanthropy in the summer of 2009 after having traveled with PennEWB for the Meta Quality of Life Foundation (MQLIF) water distribution systems project in the Northwest Province of Cameroon:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2011 8:41 pm

    Great work guys!

    I’m pretty sure you guys have heard of the water project on

    I make contributions to their organization every now and again! I don’t know if most of us appreciate the value of this natural resource enough.

  2. October 11, 2011 10:16 pm

    One of the greatest challenges with water is also our greatest health challenge. Our diet. World Water Day for 2012’s theme lists the amount of water needed to raise meat versus growing vegetables. 15 to 1 is an amazing difference. More of our fresh water goes to raise cattle and not humans, it’s not hard to see where we can do better with regards to preserving fresh water used for drinking. Cutting down on meat will preserve our water as well as our health.

  3. October 20, 2011 12:53 pm

    It’s good to see today’s students take an interest in the water problems concerning the worlds population. Many of us in this country take clean water for granted yet in 3rd world countries clean water is a luxury. With the world wide economic situation in turmoil and a few corporations trying to monopolize free water rights your work will be greatly appreciated. God Bless!

  4. November 9, 2011 10:55 am

    World Water Day is brought to you by the United Nations to remind us that over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water. It’s staggering to think that nearly 4,000 kids die every day as a result.

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