Oct. 25, 2012 — “Everything begins with clean, safe water,” Hadiara Diallo shared during last week’s sold-out Charity Ball at Mount St. Mary’s Chalon campus.
The Oct. 18 event brought in $1,500 for Wells Bring Hope, a nonprofit that partners with World Vision to build wells and distribute business microloans to women in the West African nation of Niger.
It’s a mission near to Diallo’s heart. She is not only the director of microfinance for Wells Bring Hope. Diallo was born in Niger, where many rural women begin their mornings by grabbing an empty bucket and making multiple trips to a far-off water source, seeking water to use for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
“I am very touched and humbled by the sensitivity and generosity of the student body at Mount St. Mary's,” Diallo says. “Taking up our cause shows that Mount St. Mary's students care about the world they live in; they also understand that we are all connected by our humanity.
“Clean, safe water leads to the blossoming of communities in West Africa. Mount St Mary's students get that! And we are very grateful that they do.”
The Charity Ball, hosted annually by the College’s Chalon Associated Student Body, raises funds for a different nonprofit each year. Melinda Magallanes '14 and Lauren Pevehouse '13 serve as Athenian Spirit co-chairs, and helped to coordinate the 2012 Charity Ball.
“It was a big undertaking, but they put together a lovely evening,” says Aurora Israelson, associate director of Women’s Leadership at Mount St. Mary’s. “It was a lot of hard work that paid off, with over 150 guests learning about the work of Wells Bring Hope.”
Those in attendance had the opportunity to listen to Diallo’s story, which included an interactive presentation illustrating the need for safe water in Niger, and how Wells Bring Hope is helping to address the need.
“She lived there and had the first-hand experience to share,” says Magallanes. “It was great to be able to hear about this issue in such a personal way, directly from her. And her focus on helping women was such a perfect fit for our audience here.”
To learn more about Wells Bring Hope, visit www.wellsbringhope.org.
Every Mount student is a member of the College’s Associated Student Body, which annually sponsors the Charity Ball. For anyone who would still like to donate to Wells Bring Hope, contact the Women’s Leadership Office at Mount St. Mary’s: 310.954.4350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.