Students across the world have once again proven that determination, perseverance, empathy, compassion, and action can save lives... one borehole at a time. This past school year alone our student “Heroes of Compassion” raised more than $50,000 and an enduring awareness about the Azawak in their communities. Since 2006, more than 100 schools in the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and New Zealand collectively raised close to $200,000, helping Amman Imman to construct and manage four boreholes in the Azawak that in the hot season relieve the thirst of up to 100,000 people and animals.
Today I would like to celebrate our Heroes of Compassion and share a few stories about what students and schools accomplished during the 2011-2012 school year.
On World Water Day in March 2012, 26 students, ages 5 through 12, at The Salmonberry School in Washington State rallied their entire community to raise $2,400 for Amman Imman in A Walk for Water. Salmonberry has been an active Amman Imman supporter since 2007, when the school incorporated Amman Imman into its Africa curriculum and held its first Walk for Water, raising around $800.
In 2011-2012 Walk for Water events were held by The Boyd School in Virginia, the Hershey Montessori School in Ohio (organized by student Suchita Rajan), the Claremont Montessori School in Florida and the Aidan Montessori School in Washington, DC. The Oneness-Family School, Barrie School, Evergreen School and German School of Washington DC, and students from various high schools in Maryland, DC and Virginia supported Amman Imman’s annual Walk for Water event at Lake Frank in Derwood, Maryland. 2012 Walk for Water events raised almost $9,000 for Amman Imman.
Amman-a-thons, our signature fitness philanthropy event, have also grown as a favorite among our young students as they challenge themselves physically meanwhile bringing unforgettable hope to the Azawak! For our 2011-2012 Amman-a-thons, students from pre-school to middle school hopped, jumped, ran, hula’ed and bounced their way to raising almost $10,000. The Five Oaks Academy (South Carolina_, Keystone Montessori (Massachusetts), Oneness-Family School (Maryland) and Evergreen Montessori (Maryland) held Amman-a-thons during the past school year.
The variety of additional events held by our Heroes of Compassion are too numerous to name in this update. From selling bookmarks to bake and plant sales, from lemonade stands to a kid-run street carnival, from water displays to a high school dress-down day, from student presentations at churches and synagogues to asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts - our Wells of Love students have made a loud statement calling out to the rest of the world:
We care. All human beings deserve to have water and hope.
If you want to join our movement of youth making a difference in the Azawak, or know of a school or students who would like to help, please fill out our online form, or contact Debbie Kahn, our Wells of Love program director, Debbie@ammanimman.org, 240-418-1143.
Yours for the children of the Azawak,
Amman Imman: Water is Life
Founder and Director