A few years ago, GradCru Staff Chuck Roeper and Jane Girard, and five U-M graduate students, traveled to South Asia to lecture, meet faculty, and interact with students at 5 different colleges for 10 days. They had a great time and established good beginning relationships with these colleges. Now we’re putting together another trip — this time to Cuba!
WHO: We hope to take a team of about 30 graduate students and others who are involved with GradCru at U-M.
WHERE: The Caribbean island nation of Cuba.
WHEN: Saturday, February 23 through Saturday, March 4, 2018 (which is U-M’s Spring Break).
WHY: GradCru is partnering with a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) called “Filter of Hope” (FOH) to help provide clean water to families in greater metro area of Havana, Cuba. Here are some statistics from the FOH website:
- Almost 1 billion people worldwide (1 out of 7) lack access to clean, safe drinking water (WHO).
- Water-related illnesses are the leading cause of human sickness and death worldwide.
- Over 1.5 million people die each year from drinking contaminated water.
- 28,000 children die every week from water-related illnesses!
- Over 3,000 children die each DAY from drinking unsafe water (UNDP).
- A child dies every 30 SECONDS from a preventable water-related disease (CDC).
- Lack of access to safe drinking water keeps families sick and unhealthy — and prevents children from attending school.
- Without clean drinking water, there is no possible way for poor families to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Click here to visit the Filter of Hope website.
If you are interested to get more information and specific details about this humanitarian and mission trip, contact Chuck Roeper at
More will be posted here during August, including specifics about: costs, funding development, housing, meals, in-country transportation, safety, Spanish translators, Visa requirements, medical insurance, participation requirements and application, and much, much more.