Special contribution to the blog by Suzanne Stork, Aidan Montessori School
All who attended A Walk for Water last Saturday enjoyed gorgeous weather on an absolutely perfect day as we walked a three mile, scenic course around Lake Frank. Aidan families and faculty joined eight area schools as we walked together in support of Amman Imman’s efforts to bring sustainable sources of water to the 500,000 people of the Azawak region of Niger and Mali.
Ariane Kirtley, founder and director of Amman Imman and former Montessori student, joined us on the walk. At the pre-walk rally, Ariane inspired us with news from the Azawak. She spoke of the current food crisis in Niger and described the joy of the people in the village of Kijigari, Niger, the site of the recently drilled borehole called “The Montessori Well of Love” in honor of Montessori schools around the world who have contributed to its construction.
Aidan students and families have made a significant contribution to this beautiful, life-giving project. This well has the capacity to provide water to up to 25,000 people for more than 50 years!
Aidan has supported Amman Imman- Water is Life- through A Walk for Water for the past three years. Last year, our elementary students participated in a Friendship Bracelet Exchange with children in the Azawak. This project, along with the critical humanitarian work of Amman Imman, is featured in an exhibit at the Bing Stanford on Connecticut Avenue until Monday, May 24th. Don't miss this opportunity to see the incredible photography of Ariane Kirtley, the work of Amman Imman, and Aidan's contribution to this beautiful work.