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Raising Awareness on Clean Drinking Water

Q&A’s with Wen Tao Gu

Where are you from? What place do you currently call home and why?
I live in Saint John New Brunswick Canada, but I was originally from China.

What are you passionate about? What are your hobbies?
I have very few hobbies but I have a huge passion for drawing, and I absolutely love cats!

How did the idea for this project come to you?
When I first began planning my project, I was really unsure and honestly, I just really wanted to get it over with. After I saw the impact that others made through their project, I was a little inspired and thought I could do something to help my community too. My project idea came from a moment of daily life; my mom forgot to filter the water before she boiled it,so I heard her complaining how the water was dirty. An idea just came up and I thought I could do something with the idea of water filtration because I actually know so many people who don’t filter their water before consumption.

In retrospect, what was the impact of your project?
The impact I had on my project was somewhat minimal because I only presented to a class of 28 people, but I was happy to raise awareness to my peers.

How has the project impacted you in your everyday life?
Conducting a community project, the action itself had a huge impact on me. My confidence grew and through my project and research, I now have knowledge that will remain with me for the future years to come.

What would you say to a youth who is thinking about doing a #RisingYouth project?
To youth who are thinking of doing a Rising Youth project I would really encourage you to just go for it! Even if you’re unsure like I was at the beginning, no matter what your project idea is, whether it’s big or small you should go for it and give it a try. By the end of it all, you will gain something no matter what, so there isn’t anything to lose! I would really like to thank Imagine NB for introducing me to Rising Youth and for Rising Youth to have given me such a great opportunity to show me what I’m capable of. Project management was a skill that I actually never even dreamed of having before, at least not at this age, so thank you again.



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