Lauren Koelling | Feature Writer
The thought of a high school student starting his own charity campaign may seem a little out there, but for Jake Duffy it is only the beginning of what he wants to do as his future career.
Jake Duffy, La Cueva HS junior, aspires to be a humanitarian and started the “Jake’s Clean Water Campaign” approximately two weeks ago. The Clean Water Campaign is a charity that raises money to build clean water projects for people in need. Jake said, “My campaign is raising money to build water wells inside of Africa and places that don’t have the ability for clean water.”
To anyone who believes teens have limited influence or only care about themselves, just talk with Duffy for awhile. “I’ve always been an avid follower of all charities, and I usually try to support them. I want to be a humanitarian when I get older, so it’s good to find interest and show charity. I’ve always admired charity: water because they have been able to do a large amount of work over a small amount of time, and I saw that they had opportunities for people to start a campaign to raise money for people. I thought it would be a good way to start what I eventually want to do.”
Charity: water is a group of passionate and determined creative problem solvers who want to make a difference. According to their website, charitywater.org, “663 million people on the planet don’t have clean water.”
Jake’s campaign hopes “to achieve just as much money as possible to eventually support people and be able to impact lives of people I don’t know across the entire planet.” A noble goal, to be sure. However, Duffy doesn’t stop with helping others across the globe. “I also want to inspire other people to be interested in helping people that they don’t know and to be able to understand that the world isn’t a dark place and that they can do something about it.”
Jake’s campaign has been raising money from private donors, and 100 percent of the donations go directly to water projects around the world. Jake said, “As of now I have raised about $400.” If you want to make an impact you can join Jake’s Campaign, or even better make your own!
More information about starting your own water campaign can be found at charity water.org.