Community action starts with an individual

Eleven year old Zoe, a rising 6th grader at Seneca Academy, has awakened her school community about the struggle for water in the Azawak of West Africa.  Zoe chose to focus on the  region for her school project about the scarcity of natural resources. The water-scarce conditions in the vast Azawak valley proved a seminal topic for Zoe’s research about how human populations are affected.

In addition to the sociological perspective, Zoe drew correlations between the water cycle and the climate conditions in the Azawak.

She wrote:
Azawak’s climate is very hot and dry. Due to the extreme heat, the small amount of water that they have evaporates quickly. The water cannot precipitate because there is not enough humidity. There is a huge difference between heat and humidity; humidity is the amount of moisture in the air and heat is just the sun bearing down on you. Therefore, there is not enough moisture in the air for it to rain.
Zoe also wrote about how parents and children in the Azawak are forced to spend a majority of their time searching for water for the sake of survival.  She highlighted Amman Imman’s boreholes that access water deep beneath the earth and relieve the daily struggle of the populations.

She presented her research orally to her peers, stirring up the emotions of the class. Collectively, they decided to donate some of their school store proceeds to Amman Imman.

For the next school year, Zoe is thinking about engaging her school in collaborating with Amman Imman for a large IB project she’ll be working on.  She proposed the idea to the school, and they are excited to include Amman Imman as part of their global citizenry component during the 2012-2013 school year.

At 11 years old, Zoe has already impacted her local community by shedding light on a dire situation in  the world and inspiring her peers towards action. One step by a single individual has the potential to change the world!


  1. Well done Zoe. I'm so proud of you. It takes 1 person regardless of age and gender to start raising awareness for the world to be a better one. Keep it up and Bravo :)

  2. Zoe, I am so proud of you! What a great sign of maturity to be thinking outside your world to the world of others who are far less fortunate than we are.

  3. I am so proud of you Zoe, this really warms my heart to know how big a heart you have. I am from Sierra Leone which happens to be a third world country, such issues are so familiar and i am so moved that at your tender age can bring the awareness and take actions. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

  4. Zoe, we continue to be blown away by your dedication and compassion. Amman Imaan is a great cause and we look forward to other ways in which you can assist in the fall.

  5. Dear Zoe, Thank you for taking initiative and helping bring light to the circumstances afflicting the people of the Azawak. In spite of their conditions, the people of the Azawak share their generosity and their spirit. Thank you for sharing yours. I look forward to meeting you in the fall! Sincerely,
    Debbie and the Amman Imman team


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