As college students are gearing up for the fall semester, student leaders at an Atlanta HBCU are building momentum for Water Wars Atlanta.
Water Wars Atlanta is a new philanthropic project led by Morehouse students Richard Taylor and Jarrad Lawson aimed to resolve the world water crisis through a large-scale water balloon fight.
Taylor and Lawson were inspired to create the spring semester event after seeing the University of Kentucky’s efforts to break the world record for the largest water balloon fight. In addition to the pure fun of water balloon fighting, Water Wars Atlanta takes a charitable twist.
“The first main objective is to raise awareness about the water crisis…the second initiative is to connect the metro-Atlanta schools and hopefully to join enough connections where we break the world record which is the third goal of the water balloon [fight],” Taylor told BlackAmericaWeb.com
Water Wars Atlanta has teamed up with the Water Project to help build wells in places that are desolate for clean water.
“Nearly a billion people around the world lack access to clean water. Usually it’s the women in these sub-Saharan African countries that collect water. They’ll walk on average of four miles a day and carry about 44 lbs of contaminated water that they know is contaminated. They use that water for drinking, bathing, cleaning the dishes, things of that nature,” Taylor said.
In order to break the world record, Water Wars Atlanta will need to recruit 11,000 participants and have 236,000 water balloons. Each participant will donate $5 to contribute to the project.
“So, you think if we get the world record number that’s $55,000 raised for the water project and it only cost $7,000 to build a well. So we will be building wells and sustaining clean water for many people in these African countries,” Taylor explained.