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High School Students Provide Clean Water in South Asia by Recycling

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Waste2WaterGLASTONBURY, Conn., March 23, 2015 – Student leaders from across Connecticut have formed Waste to Water, an organization that raises funds through recycling plastic water bottles to provide clean water in South Asia.

This initiative comes as a result of the student leaders participating in a “nonprofit challenge” at a weekend-long Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar. This challenge encouraged students to brainstorm a concept for a realistic nonprofit organization that would address a pressing situation in their local communities.

“Since the June 2014 HOBY seminar, one group of students has taken their idea for a nonprofit organization and made it a reality,” said Christopher Bylone, executive director of Connecticut HOBY. “As World Water Day is March 22, it is appropriate to acknowledge the incredible efforts of these student leaders as they team up with their individual high schools to implement recycling programs that turn empty water bottles into fresh water where it’s needed most. This represents the critical thinking skills and talent that youth leaders participating in HOBY have.

The organization functions by collecting used plastic water bottles and recycling them for monetary funds that are used purchase Biosand water filters for villages in South Asia. Each filter costs about $50 and can sustain clean water for a group of approximately 10 people for 30 years. Waste to Water has formed a strategic partnership with the South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. (SAPWII) and All Waste Inc. and has proved its efficacy through implementation at multiple high schools across Connecticut.

“The simplistic nature of the initiative renders its implementation highly effective,” said Sean Hackett, Waste to Water student ambassador at Guilford High School. “Students work with school administrators to establish designated recycling receptacles for the Waste to Water program. The receptacles are maintained regularly by student volunteers and 100 percent of all proceeds directly aid SAPWII’s efforts in India.”

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. The HOBY Alumni Association represents an extremely empowering network of distinguished leaders who share a dedication to activism and philanthropy. With the association, Waste to Water can make a serious impact on the lives of many impoverished people around the world, while promoting diligent recycling practices in Connecticut. If you are interested in bringing Waste to Water to your school, please email WastetoWaterCT@gmail.com. Also visit: http://www.cthoby.org/non-profit-initiatives/

Connecticut HOBY is a non-profit, 501c3, 100 percent volunteer led organization that provides Leadership Development and Service Learning Experiences to high school students throughout the state. Founded in 1978, Connecticut HOBY has served more than 10,000 youth leaders since its inception.

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Media Contact:

Christopher Bylone

(203) 806-0044

cbylone@cthoby.org

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