|Purchasing a t-shirt|
On May 11, 2013, over 200 people - students and families, teachers, individuals - from over 30 schools and community groups, walked the trails at the Locust Grove Nature Center in Cabin John Park. They came together in spirit and unity for the people of the Azawak of West Africa.
Over $7,000 was raised to help Amman Imman build permanent water sources and support food, economic, women's empowerment, health and sanitation projects.
|Kamel Zennia and Hadesh Walet Mahmoud|
|People of all ages|
They came for different reasons. Families who enjoy hiking came out. Students who needed service learning credit attended, and brought their siblings and parents. Their teachers came as well. Volunteers who help every year at A Walk for Water returned again. Both public and private school families showed up.
But each person who came onto the field that day had something in common: a commitment to social action. Whether or not they purchased a t-shirt or actively took the pledge, their participation declared: I believe water is a human right.
They walked through the mud and in the rain because they cared enough to take a stand for all the people of the world, and to help the people of the Azawak gain the opportunity of this most essential need.
|What is it like to carry your water?|
|Pledge for Water #pledgeforwater|
Pledge for Water - People snapped their photo with a sign that said "I believe every person deserves clean drinking water". Then, they sealed their pledge for water by uploading the photo to Instagram with the tag #pledgeforwater. Take the pledge yourself!
Friendship Exchange - Children from the villages of Kijigari and Couloubade shared their lives through drawings of animals, people and how they get their water. Some drawings showed life in their village now that they have a borehole.
|The Friendship Exchange - |
drawings from children in Kijigari and Couloubade
T-shirts and Merchandise - Tuareg jewelry and crafts, a new t-shirt, and Amman Imman merchandise were for sale.
Global Water Discovery Expedition - Students were given a
|Global Water Discovery Expedition|
|A Hero of Compassion|
|Home made lemonade, and Tuareg crafts and jewelry|
Reel Water Film Festival - On June 15 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, the Reel Water Film Festival will highlight films about water. Our short film, "Thank you, Merci, Tanimert" will be featured.
Oneness-Family School - OFS is dedicated to peace and to the personal growth of each individual. After Ariane's visit to OFS in 2006, the Wells of Love program was born, inspiring a social action movement in support of the Azawak among Montessori schools worldwide.
Thank you to all the volunteers, teachers,
parents, students and sponspors who made
A Walk for Water an amazing event!
Photo credits: Sarah and Samantha