• 37°

High Point University and alumnus partner to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

HIGH POINTAs recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew begin in different parts of the world, High Point University is teaming up with an alumnus to send 11 water purifying devices to people in need in Haiti.

Water the World, a solar powered/battery-operated pumping system that purifies water, was founded by Brandon Holder, a 2016 graduate and current MBA student. Holder developed the organization so that groups such as churches and civic organizations can donate funds to distribute the devices to locations without clean water for drinking and agriculture.

The university will purchase the devices from Holder, a Clayton native, to send to parts of Haiti that were hit the hardest.

“Together we will be able to impact so many peoples’ lives in a positive way,” Holder said about the gift. “We already have devices in Haiti, Uganda and Honduras. We also have one system at Camp Caraway in Asheboro and one at West End Ministries here in High Point. I’m excited that this product will continue to help others despite the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.”

Holder created the devices in 2015 after he joined one of the university’s alternative spring break trips to Haiti. There, he saw people in desperate need of clean water for both drinking and growing crops. That summer, he spent weeks creating a 30-gallon water pumping system that uses gravity to filter harmful bacteria.

“I see this as a calling,” Holder said. “When you meet people from the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and see how bad it is for them, you have a burning desire to help in some way.”

Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for Student Life at the university, said the donation reflects the caring spirit of the school’s campus.

“Our students have traveled to Haiti and other destinations across the country several times on their spring and fall breaks to improve the lives of others,” she says. “They also raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for philanthropic causes each year. The fact that we have students who are also developing business models that improve the lives of people all across the globe speaks volumes about their desire to give back.”

For Holder, it’s also an opportunity to increase the impact of his business.

“I see Water the World continuing to grow our list of partners in the future, which will allow us to have more outlets to send aid and work globally.”

Comments

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance

Education

North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development

Education

Knox student organizing event to get community cycling

Education

Decision on Essie Mae charter appeal expected Thursday

Nation/World

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

Nation/World

Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol

Nation/World

States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

News

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper receives COVID-19 vaccine

News

North Carolina health officials urge schools to reopen

Crime

In letter, PETA criticizes Salisbury Police for K-9 video

Coronavirus

Three deaths, 29 new COVID-19 positives reported

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment

Crime

Man faces assault charges for domestic incident