From Google Doodle to clean water in Bangladesh? Well, yes, sometimes it is unexpected but not impossible in today’s so much connected world – as long as someone is thinking and dreaming big to do just that!
11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York is the winner of 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition. She won out of more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners. This year’s theme was “draw one thing to make the world a better place.” Audrey Zhang’s submission was based on her idea of transformative water purifier. Her piece, titled “Back to Mother Nature,” depicts an elaborate water-cleaning machine. She created a whole world around the device – one populated by humans, a whale in a top hat and dragons.
She wrote: “To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.”
Later, Zhang worked with a team of artists at Google to animate her drawing. It is on the Google home page from June 9th.
Audrey Zhang’s win translate into $30,000 college scholarship money for herself, $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school and a google.org donation of $20,000 in her name to charity:water toward providing clean water to schools in Bangladesh.
Her win is good news for Bangladesh as some schools there will get clean and safe water!
It’s amazing to think sometimes that a simple dream of solving a problem on a piece of paper can provide life saving essentials to someone who lives other side of the world! Indirectly but inevitably, Audrey Zhang have touched the life of some Bangladeshi school children. Congratulations to Audrey Zhang!
Hope charity:water will tell the story of Audrey Zhang, her Google Doodle, her dream of making a transformative water purifier to Bangladeshi kids who will be beneficial from this donation. May be one day those Bangladeshi kids will be transformed to dream wild, think big, and change the life of others too!