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Amman Imman's is dedicated to empowering and preserving Africa's most vulnerable indigenous peoples and engaging school children worldwide as socially conscious leaders.

Friday, May 9, 2014

You won't believe what's happening at A Walk for Water 2014!

It’s almost time…just one day until A Walk for Water 2014!  

I'm so excited!

Saturday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

Online registration available until noon on May 9 ($12/student, $15/adult, $48 group of 4). 

On-site registration opens at 10:15 a.m. on May 10($15/student, $18/adult, $60 group of 4).

The fee is a donation. Everyone will be admitted regardless of ability to pay. Children under six admitted free.

Students can receive up to 4 hours of SSL credit for attending the event.

Please read the Event Day Information and Guidelines for directions and important details. 

Here's a pdf version for convenience.

Part of me wants to keep our plans for A Walk for Water a surprise. On the other hand if I don’t tell you maybe you’ll think, “I already did that walk last year” or “Sounds like nothing special”.  But let me tell you, A Walk for Water 2014 is nothing like you’ve done before, and it's going to be very special! 

I can’t help it — I have to tell you what will be there because I don’t want you to miss it!!

When you arrive, you will receive your “Passport to the Azawak”. You will enter our “Azawak” where you will visit a nomad’s tent. You’ll watch the beautiful practice of making Tuareg tea, and try some, too.   

Your children will make a beaded bracelet for themselves, and a second one for a child in the Azawak at our Friendship Exchange. You can both practice writing in the ancient language of Tifinagh

You and your family can try on traditional clothing, learn how to wrap a Tagelmust (“What’s that?!” you might ask. Come and find out!), and get your photo taken as if you are a nomad family in the Azawak.
When you visit the marketplace you will feast your eyes on beautiful jewelry and leather crafts made by artisans in Amman Imman’s villages. Buy a beautiful hand-dyed scarf for mom for Mother’s Day!

You can try to carry water and get a sense of what it might be like for a child who must haul water everyday. You will learn about water scarcity and climate change through the people that Amman Imman serves, and discover how lives are transformed when water is made abundant and clean.

Have lunch with us! You’ll enjoy traditional homemade African food! We'll also have chips/dips from Cava Grill, mini burritos from Boloco, subs from Subway, healthy snacks from My Organic Market -- all of which you can purchase to support Amman Imman.

We will introduce you to the global and local work of our amazing partners: Oneness-Family School, Dog Meets World, Reel Water Film Festival, Drumming Up from Poverty and the Compost Crew. You'll hear the West African sounds of Kamel Zennia, Hadesh Walet and Michael Kweku Owusu.

There’s no scarcity of fun at A Walk for Water 2014.  We'll have a banquet of activities waiting for you on Saturday morning starting at 10:30 am. You don’t want to miss it! 
Wear your mud boots for the trail!  It’s happening rain or shine under 10 tents at the Locust Grove Nature Center.  See you there!!

Be sure to read the Event Day Information and Guidelines for important information, or download this pdf.  

Yours, for the Azawak,

Friday, May 2, 2014

Annual ‘Walk for Water’ Brings Drought-Stricken Communities in West Africa to Life

For Immediate Release:         
Annual ‘Walk for Water’ Brings Drought-Stricken Communities in West Africa to Life

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2014—For the past decade, a severe and lengthening drought, extreme poverty, and growing insecurity has continued to erode communities in one of West Africa’s most inaccessible and impoverished regions: the Azawak Valley. Although most people in the United States—and around the world—have never heard of the Azawak, a growing group of students and individuals from the Washington, DC area has been gathering annually since 2007 to participate in symbolic ‘Walk for Water’ events that have raised funds and awareness to directly assist families in the Azawak. 

The nonprofit organization Amman Imman: Water is Life, based in Bethesda, Maryland, hosts the Walk for Water events in collaboration with the many schools with which it partners. The small, grassroots organization is one of the only humanitarian groups working in the Azawak Valley, a region the size of Florida that straddles Mali and Niger. Amman Imman has drilled five sustainable sources of clean water called borehole wells in Niger, which each provide water for more than 25,000 people and their animals. The Walk events symbolize the long journeys—up to 35 miles for some—that many children in the Azawak have had to take to find water for their families.

The organization also works with villages to lead other essential development activities, such as
Amman Imman empowers women by
establishing women's cooperatives that
help them get access to materials at
lower costs and engage in revenue-generating
activities such as traditional crafts,
sewing and gardening. 
setting up cereal banks and community gardens, managing vaccination campaigns, distributing mosquito nets, providing school supplies, building community stores, and offering food aid and training in a variety of relevant income-generating skills.

This year’s three-mile Walk for Water will be held on May 10, at the Locust Grove Nature Center at 7777 Democracy Boulevard, in Bethesda, Maryland in Cabin John Park near the Montgomery Mall. The Walk itself will begin at 12:30 pm, and will be preceded by a rally and cultural festival. The cultural festival, which begins at 10:30 am, will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations, and live music that relate to the culture of the Tuareg and Fulani ethnic groups who live in the Azawak Valley. Several Tuaregs from the area will attend the Walk, and food, traditional crafts, jewelry, and other items will be available for purchase. A rally will then follow the festival at 12 pm, where a short presentation about Amman Imman’s work will be given. 

For Amman Imman, the Walk for Water events exemplify the organization’s strong partnerships with students, and in particular, schools in the Washington, DC area. Through Amman Imman’s service-learning component, called ‘Wells of Love,’ students of all ages from more than 135 schools around the world have become a driving force behind the organization’s success. These students have raised considerable funds and awareness through the Walks and other self-initiated events. 

You can pre-register online and create a fundraising page for the Walk, or register the day of the event. 

Participating students will come from schools including: the Oneness-Family School, the Barrie School, the Norwood School, the German School of Washington, DC, the Evergreen Montessori School, and several Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). MCPS students can receive up to four hours of SSL (service learning) credit for attending the event.   

Some of Amman Imman’s partner schools are also hosting their own Walks for Water this year. Those schools are: the Boyd School in Virginia, the Aidan Montessori School in Washington, DC, and the Fudan International School in Shanghai, China.

Debra Kahn, Associate Director
Amman Imman: Water is Life, www.ammanimman.org 
7036 Strathmore Street, #111
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(240) 418-1143

“A Walk for Water”, Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am, at the Locust Grove Nature Center in Bethesda, MD

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