Join the Global Water Discovery Expedition!

On May 11, over 200 individuals from across the DC metro area - students, parents, teachers, volunteers - came together for A Walk for Water at the Locust Grove Nature Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to benefit nonprofit Amman Imman: Water is Life's development projects in the Azawak region of Niger, West Africa. The participants enjoyed a beautiful setting of lush woods and a flowing creek while learning about the Azawak, a region that suffers from water scarcity for over 9 months every year.

Finding out about water scarcity and the Azawak on
the Global Water Discovery Expedition
Under the coordination of Jessica Wyatt, the Montgomery College/MCPS Collaborative Coordinator, students in ESOL service learning clubs from Blair, Kennedy and Northwood High Schools in Montgomery County enriched the event with a question/answer activity called the Global Water Discovery Expedition.

Doing research on the internet, the high school students came up with 14 questions about the global water crisis, water scarcity conditions in the Azawak and Amman Imman's work in the region.  The students designed colorful signs containing the answers.  As younger students arrived, they received a booklet with the questions.  As they walked along the trail, pen in hand, the students discovered the answers on signs posted along the route.

Thank you to the ESOL/SSL club advisors - Julie Desai at Kennedy HS, Katie Lazo at Blair High School and Veena Seshadri at Northwood HS -  for supporting the ESOL/SSL club students in making the signs!  

And a big shout-out to Jessica Wyatt - Thank you, Jessica, for organizing this activity!  

Try out the Global Water Discovery Expedition for yourself!

Here are the questions:

  • Where is the Azawak valley?
  • How many people live in the Azawak valley?
  • Traditionally, how do people in the Azawak live?
  • Why don't people in the Azawak have enough water?
  • What kinds of problems are created when people can't easily get water?
  • How does Amman Imman solve the water problem in the Azawak?
  • What is the most common phrase you will hear in the Azawak valley?
  • What other benefits do people gain by having access to water?
  • How many people in the world die daily from drinking dirty water?
  • How many people in the world lack access to clean water?
  • What water-borne disease kills 6000 children daily all over the world?
  • How much does it cost to make a well for people to get clean water?
  • How long can a borehole well in the Azawak region last?
  • What can YOU do to conserve water?

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