Portland Oregon is water rich. The Community Service Club at Alameda wants to create greater awareness that this basic resource we take for granted - clean water flows from our taps and water fountains - is scarce in many parts of Africa and elsewhere. As the climate changes, drought and water scarcity will become of greater concern around the globe.
Our 11th and 12th grade AVID classes are delighted to partner on this project with Bajjabegonza Primary School. This is our service learning project and we intend to learn about water quality and quantity around the globe. We are also researching our partner country, Uganda.
Our school is a small school on Oregon's central coast. We were lucky enough to have such amazing administration, and team members in our district that they wrote a grant for a SEAL and model classroom design. As part of this grant teachers are able to join a group that helps improve our teaching. I joined this group, and was given the assignment to challenge my students to learn using the community. I have always felt that as a citizen of this world that my community was much larger than just the town that I live, and I want my first grade students to feel that way. So when looking at a project that I could start with my students I came across an article about H2O for Life. I thought this would be a great project for my students to learn about community, helping others, making a difference, and being a part of something bigger than themselves. The main way we are raising money is through a play the students will be putting on. The play is through Bad Wolf Press which is common core aligned. The play is about how we are all different and helping each other. We are so very excited to be able to help out with this project!
I have chosen a great organization called H2O for Life as the focus of my Bar Mitzvah project. I want to help raise money and awareness in support of projects that provide access to clean water for communities on the Navajo Reservation. Many times when we think of people who don't have access to clean water, we think of people in other countries. But people right here in our country are facing critical challenges with water access. Thirty percent of families in Navajo don't have access to running water. I hope through my efforts to help one family and maybe a group of families be able to turn on a faucet in their home and have clean water similar to what we have every day.