Gavi's Gift to Give

Recently I had the unique pleasure of being informed by a mom about her son's generous contribution to the children of the Azawak. Gavi, 13 years old, had been learning about the Azawak region at his school, Oak Meadow Montessori School in Littleton, Massachusetts. Throughout this past school year, students at Oak Meadow have held various fundraisers to raise money for Amman Imman's projects.

For his bar mitzvah, Gavi planned to donate a portion of the gift money he received to a cause he supported.  Aware of his keen interest in technology, his parents naturally suggested that Gavi contribute to an organization that supplies computers to children.  

But Gavi, having gained a deeper understanding through his participation in Wells of Love at school, made another decision.  He said to his parents, "Mom, I think people having clean water is more important than kids having computers."  Gavi donated $400 to Amman Imman: Water is Life.

When I hear about young people like Gavi, who make a conscious choice to use their own resources to make a difference in the lives of people who have very little resources, I am deeply moved. I remember the reason why I am doing this work in the first place:  to bring water and hope to people most in need, and to be connected to people like Gavi.  

Gavi, Thank you for your caring and generosity.  
I am honored to know you!

The funds raised this spring will go towards livelihood projects around the site of our boreholes in the Azawak to help local families support their borehole infrastructure. Our goal is to establish an Oasis of Life at the site of each borehole, where the local people can engage in economic, educational and agricultural activities to help their community develop and thrive, now that they have water.

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  1. That's a wonderful story! Gavi is wise beyond his years.

  2. Thanks, Heather! I'd love to learn more about Montessori Buddy!


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