Uplift North Hills students at annual fundraiser

Agua Unida Festival 2024

by Ramin Ahmed, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Every year, Uplift North Hills hosts the Agua Unida Festival in the spring. Agua Unida is a festival in order to raise money for rainwater harvesting installations in areas in Mexico without access to clean water. The festival works in partnership with Isla Urbana, a foundation that is dedicated to installing these rainwater systems throughout Mexico and has worked extensively in order to provide a reliable and sustainable source of water to households, schools, and clinics.

These rainwater systems are inexpensive and easy to construct, along with providing residences with 40% of their annual water supply. Above all, they are sustainable, which is a part of Isla Urbana’s goals on urban development and how, with the rapid growth of urban centers in the past few years, it is imperative that we promote and maintain environmentally friendly societies globally. With the Agua Unida festival last year, all of the funds raised went directly to install rainwater systems in the mountains of Xochimilco, changing the lives of those who were without consistent water access. With more than 10 million Mexicans lacking access to water services, it is more important now than ever to help build these systems.

This year, the festival will be held on April 6th from 12-5 pm and will include many fun activities, games, and booths to celebrate and fundraise. People can come to eat Latino food and drinks and enjoy traditional music performed live. All of the clubs at North Hills will be setting up booths to sell unique items or to engage festival-goers in fun activities. Different speakers will be sharing their stories and bring interest in to the goals of Agua Unida, and by the end of the festival, a basketball tournament will be held in which participating teams can compete to win prizes.

All proceeds will go directly to benefit families throughout Mexico and change the individual lives of many for the better. Water scarcity is one of the most threatening issues to be faced with to one’s livelihood, so let’s take the initiative and contribute to improving the world around us.

 

The views and options expressed in this article are the student’s alone and are not endorsed or reflect the views of the nonprofit, nonpartisan, World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort/Worth.