Students from National Changhua Senior High School in central Taiwan launched a walking event to raise money to build a reservoir in southern Africa’s Swaziland and urge the public to better manage water resources.
The school said about 80 students and Janine Maxwell, founder of Heart for Africa, an international organization focused on bringing hope to the people of Africa in the areas of hunger, orphans, poverty and education walked 100 km over five days during the campaign titled “Walk for Water.”
The school, which has been holding the event since 2011, said it has raised NT$5 million (US$163,000) so far, helping complete 80 percent of the reservoir construction. Upon completion, the reservoir will have a capacity of 300 million liters of water, allowing local people better access to what is often a scarce resource.
The students said they want to make real change to the world through the event, and urged the public to join them. In a show of support for the students, Changhua Magistrate Cho Po-yuan also met Maxwell and encouraged young people to participate in similar events.
A reservoir is an enlarged natural or artificial lake, storage pond or impoundment created using a dam or lock to store water. Reservoirs can be created by controlling a stream that drains an existing body of water. They can also be constructed in river valleys using a dam. Alternately, a reservoir can be built by excavating flat ground and/or constructing retaining walls and levees. Tank reservoirs store liquids or gases in storage tanks that may be elevated, at grade level, or buried. Tank reservoirs for water are also called cisterns.