Eva Tolage, a young activist from Tanzania, launched Stand With Eva back in February 2015 and since then has been campaigning locally and nationally to get a clean supply of water for her community and school.
Now, just over a year since Eva launched her campaign, a new water point has been installed at her school!
This incredible news shows the power of one young leader’s vision to change her community, and how she got leaders and supporters around the world — even former President Barack Obama — to back her. And there are millions more like Eva using their power to create change in their communities.
This week, a huge event to launch the new water supply was held in Eva’s community and was attended by leaders and Eva’s classmates.
We will have more updates from Eva in the coming weeks, but for now, please join Eva in celebrating this news!
What this means for Eva and her classmates
Before the new clean water supply, it would take up to two hours for Eva to collect water — the long journey meant they would miss their classes. Now it takes only 15 minutes to collect water, meaning Eva and her classmates can stay in school.
Having safe, clean water also means they reduce the risk of being affected by diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.
It started with a campaign for water, but it doesn’t end there. Eva is a young leader among millions around the world — they are using their power to hold their leaders to account on promises they have made to their citizens.
A quick recap of Stand With Eva
In 2015, Eva wrote to President Barack Obama to say that she and her classmates had big ambitions for their future, but without access to basic things like clean water, electricity, and nutritious food, it was hard for them to stay in school and achieve their goals. President Obama endorsed her calls for action in a speech made at the UN General Assembly in September.
— ONE (@ONECampaign) September 27, 2015
In February 2016, Eva launched her campaign to the world. 150,000 people signed her petition to get clean water in her village!
In June 2016, Eva met and her classmates went to the National Parliament in Dodoma to speak with the Prime Minister and hand in her petition.
Since then, Eva has met local government and worked with her school committee to leaders to get the water supply!
Check back next week, when we’ll have a blog from Eva talking about the campaign!