Catherine Varkas presented the Amman Imman project to the students, staff and teachers at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy. Today, each student will go home with an empty bottle, that they saved after drinking the water, and this message to their parents:
EARTH DAY 2007“Amman Imman” – Water is life. Milk is hope.
The Earth Day theme this year is “Water Is Life.” We are joining the “A Month Without Water” worldwide campaign. A Month Without Water is a simple program. We are asking families to share what they spend per month on water. The average family spends $30 per month, or $1 day per day, on water used for drinking, cooking and bathing.
The monies collected will go to Montessori Wells of Love. This project is involving Montessori students worldwide with Amman Imman in building permanent water sources for the people of the Azawak who are the poorest nation and poorest people in the world. The Amman Imman project is spearheaded by a remarkable former Montessori student, Yale graduate and Fulbright scholar, Ariane Kirtley. We ask your help in joining with Montessori families around the world to help provide wells for the people of the Azawak.
Through the coming weeks, please fill this water bottle with your pocket change and perhaps even a set amount of coins for each time that you enjoy a glass of water or use water to cook or bathe. When the bottle is full, bring it to class to add to the large well in the classroom. On Earth Day, the large wells will all be put together at the celebration so that everyone can see how much can be done. Together, we can bring clean, readily accessible water to the Azawak people. What an amazing gift to be able to give and what an amazing venture to be part of.
Please join PHMA and Montessori schools across the country in this life-changing event as, together, we seek to make a difference in our world through the Montessori Wells of Love.
Your change can change the world!