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Marcus family benefits 'Water for India' program

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rujul Zaparde, center, and his friend Kevin Petrovic, left, of Plainsboro, NJ are pictured in front Well #43. Villagers in rural India have to travel on foot for miles, across barren landscape, to reach their water source. Thanks to efforts from people like the late Hazel Rupp of Marcus, people will have access to clean water. Photo contributed
The late Hazel Rupp and her seven daughters contribute

"Drinking Water for India" strives to bring clean water to villagers living in rural India by building tube wells.

Each tube well costs $1,000 and helps an average of 1,800 villagers over a period of at least 10 years (55 cents per villager). About 200 million people don't have clean water to drink in India. That's over half of the population of the United States.

Villagers in rural India have to travel on foot for miles, across barren landscape, to reach their water source. Due to lack of clean water, more than half a million people die every year from diarrhea, a preventable water related disease. That is 1,600 people every day.

"Drinking for Water" is a New Jersey organization headed by a young man, Rujul Zaparde and his friend Kevin Petrovic, in Plainsboro, NJ. Rujul visited one of his grandparents in a remote village in India several years ago. He was shocked by what he saw. There were people walking for miles every day and standing in line for hours to get a small container of water for drinking. He and his friend decided to raise money to dig a well for that village. Word spread around NJ and the rest is history. They have been successful beyond their wildest imagination.

Well #43 was paid for by the late Hazel Rupp od Marcus and her seven daughters, Jean Schaefer, Bonnie Bratcher, Linda Finkral, Diane Klassen, Karen Siechmeyer, Cindy Rupp, and Jackie Smitson.

Well # 44 was paid for by one of Hazel Rupp's daughters, Linda Finkral of Lambertville, NJ., and her family, That well is in a different village in India.

For more information about Water for India, contact them at Water for India, P.O. Box 244, Plainsboro, NJ 08530 or check out their website, www.drinkingwaterforindia.org A donation is tax deductible.

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