Local Faith-Based Group Helps Those Abroad

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Clean water: it is resource that is readily available to Ohio University students.

However, more than a billion people in the world cannot obtain clean water that easily.

Students involved with President Barack Obama’s Interfaith Challenge attempt to raise money through different events to help bring clean water to those who are in need of it.

The charity water initiative is just one of the many aspects of the Interfaith Challenge sponsored by Ohio University’s United Campus Ministries, and it is one that unites those involved.

Charity water is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

“Interfaith community service is people from especially faith backgrounds but any backgrounds coming together and finding common ground through engaging in community service because that will tap into everybody’s backgrounds,” said UCM Intern Michael Lupsa.

Recently, an event that brought dollars into the charity water initiative included Tuesday’s "Better Together Ball", which raised more than $100 for the initiative.

The Interfaith Challenge is also one that gets students involved campus-wide.

Dorms around Ohio University’s campus helped raise money for charity water.

“I just think sometimes OU gets a bad wrap for being a party school but it’s things like this that kind of show that students are interested in more than just partying,” said junior Kelsey Tremblay.

UCM accepts donations at its headquarters located on S. College St. Interfaith’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday.