My name is Varun Myneni and I am currently a 17 year old boy living in Des Moines, Iowa. I started this initiative back in 2013 (Water for Success was formerly known as Varun’s Water Initiative). After hearing about the plight that millions of schoolgirls in rural India face every day, my sister became emotional and fetched a $5 bill from her piggy band—the first donor.
I branched out to the many generous donors of Des Moines and started to collect more and more funds. Eventually, I had collected $3000 dollars. With a reliable and devoted partner in the Sehgal Foundation (visit the “Partners” tab to learn more about the work they do), that sum was matched for a grand total of $6000—enough to construct one rainwater harvesting tank in one rural Indian school. This was in 2013. Since then, this exact same process has been repeated in three more rural Indian school. With four schools currently implementing the rainwater harvesting systems I generated, over 1500 schoolchildren are being served with clean drinking water everyday at school. This, of course, makes me happy, but it’s simply not enough. The number of students still malnourished and unserved constitute a vast majority of rural Indian schoolchildren. And that’s just India!
Our goal at Water For Success is to spread awareness, generate funds, and reach out to more students, more Indian states, and, eventually, more countries. As ambitious as that sounds, it’s not just possible—it will be accomplished.