Maury Elementary is nestled in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC. For two years we have been learning parkour from instructors at Know Obstacles and The Movement Creative but over the last year they have expanded our minds beyond the physical aspects of parkour to teach us about the spirit and attitude that all obstacles can be overcome. This semester, 6 students took an after school class where we learned about the water crisis, learned film production, AND did parkour in EVERY class. It’s a jam packed enrichment extravaganza but we are excited and thankful how our principal, gym teachers, SCA, and PTA have all agreed to join us in helping to improve the water and sanitation systems at two schools in South Africa. Because of our awesome community and fellow students we are holding to big fundraisers: a water run in April and a Parkour/ninja warrior fitness expo in June. Please look out for the video we are making to promote the expo and teach our community about the world’s water crisis.
Our first goal is to raise $1,280 for the Erasmus Creche:
We want to help a pre school outside Pretoria in the village of Erasmus. This pre-school is the first level of education for all the children. It is currently staffed by people from the community who work with the children and work to maintain the school. Though they do an amazing job providing healthy home cooked meals and loving classrooms, too much of their day is spent carrying water from a spicket to their makeshift kitchen and bathrooms without plumbing. The money we raise will help install plumbing to the kitchen and bathrooms plus provide a rain water collection tank and hygiene education for the children.
Our second goal is to raise $4,000 for EZ Kabane High School:
EZ Kabane is a high school of more than 500 fun, active, and ambitious students operating out of an abandoned school building in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. On top of educating the students, the understaffed administration and teachers must deal with a crumbling infrastructure and the fact that the entire school has only one toilet with dysfunctional flushing capabilities and just one source of drinking water—an outdoor spicket. If we can help the community repair all flushing toilets, construct additional water taps, build a water tank, replace toilet seats and provide doors to bathroom stalls, the principal and teachers of EZ Kabane can concentrate on what they do best…educating children!