Water Changes Everything


We envision the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water. It is easy to take for granted ready access to a safe supply of drinking water. Yet nearly one billion people lack this most basic commodity. Creating accessible, safe water supplies in developing countries liberates people to live healthier, fuller, more productive lives.


The purpose of the National Student Water Association (NSWA) is to provide students in the nation with awareness about the water crisis, a global epidemic that affects nearly a billion people annually. The mission of the NSWA is to provide disadvantaged communities in developing countries with adequate sanitation facilities, and potable water. In this effort, the NSWA student volunteers help create innovative solutions to engineer piping systems, as an ample way to transport the water cleanly and efficiently.


The National Student Water Association intends to carry out these goals and purposes at Wayne State University by assisting the less fortunate in around the globe to provide consistent financial resources with a sense of solidarity for those in need of safe water. With student staff and volunteers at Wayne State University we hope to seek innovative and efficient solutions to meeting the global water supply needs of today and tomorrow. Every $25 raised will give someone water for life!

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Faculty Advisor - Dr. Silas Norman, Jr.

Dr. Silas Norman is the Associate Dean of Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He has been involved in the admissions process at the Wayne State University School of Medicine for more than 25 years. He received the Bachelor of Natural Sciences Degree from Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, and is a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Detroit General Hospital. Dr. Norman is active in church and civic affairs and organizations. He is Board Chairman of the Community Health Awareness Group, Inc., and a member of the Advisory Board of the HIV and Prisons Project of the National Minority AIDS Council. His awards and citations include the year 2000 Alumni Achievement Awards of both the United Negro College Fund, Inc., and the Organization of Black Alumni of Wayne State University. Dr. Norman is a member of county, state, and national medical societies. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified as an Advanced Correctional Health Professional. The National Student Water Association is grateful and honored to have a man with such accolades as their faculty advisor. With the help of Dr. Norman, the NSWA hopes to serve and contribute to this noble cause to the best of their ability.

Bodman PLC: Attorney Brandon Dalziel

Attorney Brandon Dalziel of the Bodman PLC is also Wayne State University Alumni; having degrees from both Wayne State University School of Medicine and Law School. Mr. Dalziel is part of the pro bono committee.

In order to expand the organization and help more individuals in need the National Student Water Association (NSWA) has decided to file as a non-profit organization. Through networking the NSWA met with Attorney Brandon Dalziel of the Bodman PLC. Mr. Dalziel has represented business clients in matters involving a wide scope of corporate and commercial matters, including corporate organization, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. Mr. Dalziel is also Wayne State University Alumni; having degrees from both Wayne State University School of Medicine and Law School. Mr. Dalziel is part of the pro bono committee and generously agreed to help us file to become an NPO. We are very grateful for Mr. Danziel’s cooperation in helping us get through all the legal red tape. Bodman PLC is a business law firm headquartered in Ford Field, located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Bodman has long been known for its close associations with the automotive and financial services industries and for its long-term relationships with significant clients. The firm represents more than 80 financial institutions in Michigan and across the U.S. as well as Tier-1, -2 and -3 automotive suppliers and OEMs on a national and international basis. Bodman has provided more pro bono services to indigent individuals than any other firm in the history of Michigan. This statistic is from Legal Aid and Defender, the state's largest provider of free legal services to the indigent. Like many individuals and organizations concerned about justice and community development, Bodman attorneys have supported local charities for decades.

Global Brigades

Global Brigades is an organization that empowers volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under resourced communities while fostering local cultures. The Water Brigades division of the Global Brigades allows students from universities all over the country to travel to Honduras and help assist in designing and implementing water systems to prevent water related illnesses in communities with limited access to clean water. The villages are isolated with citizens who do not readily have access to sanitized water and as a result, attain water only every three days. With the help of the students who take this week long trip, which are offered year round, the homes of these communities directly connect to potable water through water pipes.

The National Student Water Association's (NSWA) goal is to take part in an annual trip to Honduras during Spring Break as an Alternative Spring Break option for students in college. This trip has already helped many Hondurans and humbled many students in the experience of the trip. It is protected with military personal that guard the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Three meals are offered daily and transportation to and from the lodging area is provided. With this annual trip. The NSWA plans on beginning its journey of making a difference in the world. Honduras is the current focus of Water Brigades, where more than 700 annual student volunteers and professionals travel to implement clean water systems in under resourced communities. Communities are selected on an extensive study based on need, access to clean water and include a collection of information to create baseline demographic information.

Fordson High School Chapter

As many members are Fordson High School graduates, the group educates future generations about the crisis. Founded by president Salim Makki and Vice President Maher Hussein, the group intends to build a well on behalf of Fordson High School. The National Student Water Association aims to aid the group in any way possible.

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