Wells of Love, Wishes for Water

MLK Day service volunteer shows her
Well of Love and Wish for Water
Here's a project your students can do that will raise their awareness about water scarcity, and inform them about the lives of children who have no water. It also can jumpstart your spring Wells of Love campaign. We did this activity at an MLK Day of Service event with great success! 

The students will make a Well of Love, and a Wish for Water. They'll have the opportunity to use their wish to raise awareness in their community.  Designed for students ages 6 through 14, but may also be adapted and enjoyed for younger and older students as well!

Read the instructions, and the suggestions for students about how they can use their Well of Love. Beneath these instructions you will find all the elements you need for the project: stories about two children who live in the Azawak, label sheet with pictures of these children and the instructions.  You can download and print these pdfs.     

Students can take the story home to remind them about their wish.

Wells of Love, Wishes for Water
One paper cup (the unwaxed kind)
2 wooden craft sticks
2 wishing papers
1 picture label of an Azawak child 
1 index card
markers, heart stickers, construction paper – for decorating
scissors, glue, a pen

Read Anaha or Youssouf’s story.  Close your eyes. From your heart, make a Wish for Water. Remember your wish as you make your wishing well:
1.  Your paper cup will be the base of the well.  Decorate it with markers, heart stickers and construction paper.   

2.  The craft sticks will hold up the roof of the well.  Tape one stick vertically on each side so that they stick out from the top of the cup.

3.  An index card will form the roof of the well. Shape the roof by trimming the edges of the card. Place a picture label of a child from the Azawak on the top of the roof.

4.  Use the blue paper to write your Wish for WaterPlease write it two times. You may want to cut your wish into the shape of a water drop.  Glue your wish onto the roof next to the label.  

5.  Using some tape, attach the index card to the top of the craft sticks to form the roof by using some tape or 
Please take your Wishing Well home, and remember your Wish for Water. 

Suggestions on how to make your wish more meaningful, and use your Well of Love
  • Set a time each day, maybe during a meal, to make a daily wish for water. As you make your wish think of Anaha or Youssouf.
  • After your meal, put a penny, nickel, dime or quarter into your well.  On Valentines Day (Feb 14) or World Water Day (March 22), send a donation to Amman Imman.
  • Ask your friends to contribute to your wishing well.  
  • Ask your parents for a matching donation.
  • Organize your own fundraiser and make a donation to Amman Imman, www.ammanimman.org/donate.
  • Sign up for Amman Imman's local event, A Walk for Water, on May 12, 2012 by contacting debbie at ammanimman, or checking back on the Amman Imman website.
Youssouf 's Story Anaha's Story Youssouf Wishes for Water Labels Anaha Wishes for Water Labels Wells of Love, Wishes for Water Instructions


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