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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

International Humanitarian Inspires Youth to Take Compassionate Action

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2015.   
Contact: Debra Kahn, Amman Imman: Water is Life Associate Director, 240-418-1143,debbie@ammanimman.org International Humanitarian Inspires Youth to Take Compassionate Action

~ Amman Imman’s Founder Ariane Kirtley speaks at John F. Kennedy High School ~

Who: Amman Imman: Water is Life’s Founder and Executive Director Ariane Kirtley is in the Washington, DC area, just back from Niger, the poorest nation on Earth, and also a theater of regional struggle  against the rise of Islamist radicalization.

What: Kirtley will address students and parents from the John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD and other Montgomery County schools on the organization’s work in rural Niger, and how they can take a role as global citizens around critical issues like water scarcity and fostering friendships between diverse cultures. She will talk about what students can personally do to make a difference by participating in the the 2015 A Walk for Water, Amman Imman’s signature fundraising and awareness event in the Washington, DC metro area that will be held at John F. Kennedy High School on May 16.

Ariane Kirtley is also available for media interviews and features on such topics as: African development, combatting extremism, climate change, water, Boko Haram, roles of women in the Sahel, women’s entrepreneurship, choosing the humanitarian lifestyle, educating American schoolchildren about other cultures, and leading an international NGO.   

When:             Friday, April 24, 6:00pm

Where:           John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Photo Opportunity:
Best Time: 6:15 pm


2015 A Walk for Water is on Saturday, May 16th, 10:00am-2:00pm at John F. Kennedy High School. The event commences with an Opening Ceremony that includes AI’s Founder and Executive Director Ariane Alzhara Kirtley as keynote speaker, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett as special guest speaker, and John F. Kennedy High School Principal Joe L. Rubens as our host. There will be an interactive cultural festival, highlighting the cultures that Amman Imman serves and the issue of water scarcity, that features hands-on activities, food, live music from West Africa, traditional crafts and jewelry for purchase, and live demonstrations for the whole family. During the festival people gather to begin the 5K walk that symbolizes the 35 mile trek children living in the Azawak of West  Africa travel to bring water home to their families.

Funds raised go towards Amman Imman projects that help West African nomadic children and families suffering from water scarcity gain access to sustainable water sources and capacity-building projects focused on health, sanitation, food security, education, women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability and livelihood opportunities.  More information available at www.ammanimman.org/walk


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

International Humanitarian Ariane Kirtley in USA, April - June

Ariane Kirtley, Hero to Thousands, to Visit DC

Beginning on April 10, 2015, well-known international humanitarian Ariane Kirtley will be available in the USA for interviews or feature stories in all media. She arrives in the Washington DC area just back from Niger, the poorest nation on Earth, and also a theater of regional struggle against the rise of Islamist radicalization.

The topics she can cover include: African development, combating extremism, climate change, water, Boko Haram, roles of women in the Sahel, women’s entrepreneurship, choosing the humanitarian lifestyle, educating American schoolchildren about other cultures, and leading an international NGO.

For almost a decade Ariane, mother of two young sons, has worked against great odds, including the threat of terrorism, to save lives among one of the most vulnerable minorities in Africa – a half million Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads who have no water most of the year due to unremitting drought. This is in the Florida-sized Azawak, the most abandoned region of Niger and of the Sahel.

Her work there focuses in large part on empowering women and bringing stability to children. Before Ariane arrived in the Azawak, children walked 20 miles to find water. Now they go to schools and health clinics built near permanent water sources she and her team have created. In America she built a network of more than 135 schools that participate in yearlong outreach programs to Azawak children.

Actress-activist Mia Farrow calls Ariane “a remarkable young woman” for her work with Amman Imman: Water is Life, the American organization Ariane founded and runs in Africa (recently named “Top 500 NGO”). Learn more about Amman Imman's mission and accomplishments on the website.
Click to watch a video showing children thanking Ariane

To meet or skype with Ariane Kirtley in April or May, please write her at ariane@ammanimman.org, or call Debbie Kahn at (240) 418-1143

More about Ariane Kirtley
Hailing from Kentucky and raised in Africa, Ariane received both her B.A. (’01 Anthropology) and Masters (’04 Public Health) from Yale University. Despite a plethora of career opportunities, her life reached a tipping point. Friends in Niger desperately begged her to visit the Azawak, saying people there were dying of thirst. Devastated by the conditions she found, she sought the help of major NGOs – who said they had other priorities. Ariane decided not to turn her back on her new friends in the Azawak; she would dedicate her life to them, and bring them water from unlimited supplies deep underground.

In 2006 she founded Amman Imman to keep her promise. Working far from civilization in suffocating Saharan heat, facing persistent health risks and dangers from regional unrest, she and her team do work typically carried out by governments. Since 2007 they have built 5 deep borehole wells, saved thousands of lives, and brought a fragile stability to an area that could otherwise become prey to extremist rhetoric.

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