Women's Cross Country
    Help USC Soccer Save Lives

    Oct. 16, 2007

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Women's soccer player Amy Massey is trying to make an impact at USC that expands beyond the lines of the soccer field. After taking trips to the African country of Malawi through the nonprofit organization Water Wells for Africa, Massey learned how simple it could be to help save lives even from home in California. And with the help of her Trojan teammates, Massey is enlisting the efforts of USC students, fans and beyond to both save the planet and save millions of lives.

    The concept is fairly simple. While families in Malawi struggle for access to fresh water, Americans are drinking from - and throwing away - water bottles by the gallons. It takes only $5,000 for Water Wells For Africa to bore and build one water well that would provide hundreds of families with clean drinking water, saving countless lives that would otherwise have been exposed to bacteria and disease in unsafe water sources. By disposing of your bottles in designated bins at USC soccer games and soon in Heritage Hall, or by collecting your plastic bottles on campus, or in your dorm or office, the Women of Troy will get them recycled and donate the money received directly to Water Wells for Africa.

    "Ever since I've been to Malawi it's been on my heart to help in whatever way I can," Massey said. "Recycling is a great way to help out the environment and help globally. It's the small things we can do that can make a difference in the world."

    Based out of Massey's hometown of Manhattan Beach, the volunteer organization Water Wells for Africa has already drilled 50 water wells and rehabilitated 20 government wells in the past 10 years in partnership with the Christian Service Committee, which estimates that more than 140,000 people now have access to fresh, life-saving water every day. The goal is to install 1,000 wells throughout central Africa and subsequently provide up to 2 million people with a sustainable water supply. All the money raised by the recycling programs and other WWFA fund-raising efforts go directly to purchasing wells.



    To learn more about Water Wells for Africa, or to donate directly, visit www.waterwellsforafrica.com.

    If you have bottles you would like to have recycled or are interested in helping the Women of Troy, contact Amy Massey at aemassey@usc.edu.