Young activist makes a splash in tackling water crisis

In 2016, Ms Wee was named one of 10 inspirational women in law, for her contributions outside her law studies at SMU.
In 2016, Ms Wee was named one of 10 inspirational women in law, for her contributions outside her law studies at SMU.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR STRAITS TIMES
A Global Water-crisis Awareness (GWA) International Movement seminar at Hua Yi Secondary School. GWA founder Venezia Wee, a Singapore Management University law undergraduate, hopes to spread awareness in Singapore about the water crisis.
A Global Water-crisis Awareness (GWA) International Movement seminar at Hua Yi Secondary School. GWA founder Venezia Wee, a Singapore Management University law undergraduate, hopes to spread awareness in Singapore about the water crisis.PHOTO: VENEZIA WEE

Law undergrad founded Global Water-crisis Awareness at age 14, funding it with money from her 10 scholarships

For law undergraduate Venezia Wee, age truly is just a number.

At the age of 14, she founded the Global Water-crisis Awareness (GWA) International Movement within the walls of her own high school classroom in Shanghai. Using the money from her 10 scholarships - totalling about $15,000 - to fund the movement, she helped raise awareness of the water crisis in 11 cities across five countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'Young activist makes a splash in tackling water crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe