Our students have been studying the conservation and concerns of water in our region. The visited our local water plant and spoke with our city planner. After considering the concerns regarding water locally, nationally, and internationally, they decided to educate their peers. The students also determined that they wanted to do more to support a school in another region. Thus, they picked Durato Dela as their project. On January 22 the students walked 3 miles with their water jugs to raise awareness for their fundraiser.
Water, sanitation, and hygiene are of critical importance to a school community’s health and way of life. Due to lack of access to private sanitation facilities at schools, many children and teens (especially girls) cannot attend school. Girls and boys spend much of their days carrying water—sometimes walking miles from their homes to the source and back.
All of our 7th and 8th graders have read A Long Walk to Water and wanted to do a service project based on the ideas learned. We want to foster our student's desire to take action and have an impact on the world around them through service learning.
Our group would like to help work toward the goal of providing this school with a water well. Many of us take the faucets and water fountains at our school for granted. We hope to raise awareness about the lack of water resources around the world. We will try our best to raise enough money to be able to help this school come close or reach it's goal.
Glade Spring Middle School is a service learning based middle school. We chose to join the H20 for Life club to ensure that we took part in making a donation for safer drinking water for other students in Africa.
Since September the students have been learning about the linkages between Judaism and the environment including about water, sanitation and hygiene and how students around the world live without this basic necessity.
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!
Our chorus, World Drum Group, and Ukulele Clubs recognize the power of music to enrich our lives and our togetherness. Just as music serves our spirit and enriches our culture, we want to "pay it forward" by sharing our gratitude, through service. We know we are fortunate to attend school in a community that provides for our basic quality of life needs such as clean water, heating and cooling, and lighting. We do not take these things for granted and would like to help others who may not be provided with these basic needs. Clean, on-site water is a true "game-changer" when it comes to quality of life at school, and in any community. The rich culture of Africa has given marvelous gifts of art and music to the world