For eight months, Hannah and Jerry were inseparable. But this isn’t a love story. You see, Jerry is a seven-gallon gasoline can. When Hannah learned about the water crisis and the fact that millions of people are forced to walk many miles every day to collect water, she knew she had to do something. She decided to carry a jerry can filled with water to her classes one day, which turned into many more. This led to the formation of the club she founded, Billikens For Clean Water. She hopes that through her story, people will be encouraged to take action against injustices they encounter.
Hannah graduated from St. Louis University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is the founder of Billikens For Clean Water, an organization whose goal is to educate others about the worldwide water crisis. Hannah has travelled both domestically and internationally to address water issues, including Belize and Flint, Michigan. She also advocated on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for a bill that would help more people have access to clean water. She has inspired hundreds of people to carry jerry cans to spread awareness of the water crisis. Her future plans include doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and pursing her Doctorate in Psychology.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx