|In the Azawak, no rain falls for over 9 months.|
The region direly lacks sustainable sources of water.
People spend most of their time searching for water.
To all Students, Teachers, Parents, School Administrators and Community Organizers,
I am the Wells of Love program director for Amman Imman: Water is Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable indigenous populations. Since 2006, Amman Imman has been working with and providing sustainable sources of water to the traditionally nomadic Fulani and Tuareg populations living in the Azawak region of Niger, West Africa – where one out of every two children die before age five, mostly due to thirst. Once water is available, we support communities with localized activities that provide food, health, hygiene and sanitation, education, women’s empowerment, and economic projects.
|Wells of Love students learn about children just like themselves|
who live in very difficult circumstances, often struggling to
survive day to day. Students take action by doing creative
projects that raise awareness and funds.
On behalf of Amman Imman, I invite you to join our service learning program, Wells of Love. Through Wells of Love, we empower youth as stewards for our earth and humanity. We raise awareness about global concerns such as food, water, human rights, and climate change and provide opportunities for students to respond and help the people we serve. We sensitize youth about the needs of people and cultures with whom they would otherwise have no connection. Students are positioned to become environmental advocates, humanitarian leaders, and compassionate philanthropists.
Wells of Love provides a structure that teachers can use to inform the minds and engage the hearts of students:
- We offer engaging presentations and workshops
tailored for various age levels and group
Students improve their fitness skills while
raising funds during their Amman-a-thon.
- Our website provides online resources that students and teachers can utilize to tailor their own presentations and invent creative action projects for their community.
- We have activity kits with step-by-step instructions for organizing fundraising events.
- Videos, photos, and supportive materials are available for students to learn from and work with.
- Our signature Amman-a-thon activity unites fitness and philanthropy, exciting for all ages.
- For those living in the Washington DC metro area, we sponsor an annual event, “A Walk for Water”, a collaborative family-oriented festival and fundraising walk at a local park in May.
|Vegetables are growing in Tangarwashane's community garden|
now that the village has water.
Students in over 100 schools have participated in our Wells of Love program and contributed towards building five borehole wells that now provide water to over 125,000 people. With the help of students, lives are beginning to flourish in our borehole communities. You can read stories about what Wells of Love students are doing on the Wells of Love blog.
I hope that you are interested in joining Wells of Love. You can either sign up online or let me know a good time to reach you to discuss further. I would be delighted to share our program with your students and possibly plan a visit to your school.
Wells of Love program Director