Ariane and Fassely to join Virginia and Maryland on A Walk for Water!

Ariane Kirtley arrived in the United States from Niger on April 26 with her two year old son, Fassely, to attend the gallery reception for her photography exhibit, Water is Life: African Nomads on the Brink, at the Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery last Thursday evening. It was a fabulous evening with over 125 people there to view the exhibit and hear Ariane speak. Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, introduced her, naming Ariane as an environmental and spiritual leader, and describing her "uncanny ability to bring me to the spot right where she works thousands and thousands of miles away."

With Fassely in her arms, Ariane told personal stories about how the lives of the people depicted in her photographs are deeply and often fatally afflicted by not having access to any water. We hope to post an audio file of Ariane's talk and photos from the reception soon.

Much has been accomplished by Amman Imman since November, 2009 when Ariane and her family arrived in Niamey, Niger. Most significantly the Kijigari borehole was drilled. This is tremendous! Yet, Denis Gontero, Ariane's husband, remains in the bush in 120 degree temperatures. He is there, poised to complete the borehole construction as soon as the rest of the funds are raised.  

We are only $50,000 away from providing a sustainable source of water for the children and families of Kijigari, and we are working hard to make this happen as soon as possible.

Toward this goal, fundraising events involving students and families, such as A Walk for Water and Amman-a-thons, are taking place in various locations such as Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Florida and Maine. Approximately, $5,000 has been raised thus far. Students across America are working to ensure that the people of Kijigari do not have to endure another dry season without any water.

We have a special announcement for those attending A Walk for Water in Virginia on May 14th and Maryland on May 15th:
We will be honored by having Ariane and Fassely participate in these walks! Ariane is very excited to be in America during the month of May so that she can walk with the students!

Registration for these events are still open so please join us! Meet Ariane, spend an enjoyable morning in nature, and make a difference for those in Kijigari, Azawak by raising funds to finish the Well of Love borehole.


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