Global Activism: Recent high school graduate starts an organization to help bring clean water to a Kenyan village

November 18, 2010

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(Jillian Powers)
To collect water in Mulot, where Aliya de Grazia volunteered, villagers place jugs in damp holes and wait for them to fill.
(Jillian Powers)
A villager from Mulot collects water from the nearby Amala River.
(Jillian Powers)
A girl fills her jug from the water basin in Mulot.
(Jillian Powers)
A young boy transports water by mule from the market in Mulot.
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Father Patrick (right) is the director of the mission in Mulot where Aliya de Grazia volunteered.
(Jillian Powers)
A jug holds filthy water for use by the local public school.
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A voter gets her fingernail marked. Last August, Kenyans went to the polls to vote on a new constitution.
(Jillian Powers)
Masai villagers are dressed for a wedding.
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Aliya de Grazia (upper left) joined in the nearby Masai wedding celebration.
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Aliya de Grazia in Kenya, after she'd contracted typhoid.

Each Thursday we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place. Aliya de Grazia just returned to the United States after spending six months volunteering in the village of Mulot, Kenya. And now she plans to go back next year. She’s started an organization, Small Planet, Big Plans, to help bring clean water to the village of  Mulot.  A year ago Aliya had no idea that any of this would have happened. She was a senior at Stephenson High School and was excited about being accepted into an honors anthropology program at Purdue University. But, she says, something just wasn’t right.  

You can read about Aliya's experience in Kenya on her blog.