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We hope you have marked your calendars already for Saturday, May 16th - the 2015 A Walk for Water event at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD. We have a little more than 30 days until we all get together to walk 5K to benefit the people of the Azawak of West Africa. Remember the 5K represents the 35 miles that people of the Azawak have to walk to get clean water. Please join our efforts and make a difference! You can help bring water and hope to where there is none! #WaterisLife #WaterisHope #WaterisPeace

Here's a quick update on the event!
International Humanitarian and Montgomery County Executive to Speak at Event

We are delighted to have Amman Imman Founder and Executive Director Ariane Kirtley participating in the event this year, as our keynote speaker. Ariane recently has returned to the United States from Niger, the poorest nation on Earth, and also a theater of regional struggle against Islamic radicalism. She will inspire and share her thoughts on the importance of the work that Amman Imman does to make a positive impact for the people of Africa.

Also joining us as our guest speaker is Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who has been a champion for nonprofit organizations. We look forward to him welcoming the community to our event.

Musical Entertainment at African Cultural Festival
Our event attendees not only can walk for a great cause, but also take part in our African Cultural Festival that occurs during the day until 2:00 pm. 

We are excited to  have Algerian-born musician, Kamel Zennia, joining us again this year. Kamel Zennia's music is inspired by the rich and different ethnic groups that exist throughout the region; from the coast of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, to the towns in the deepest reaches of the Sahara Desert. The Fusion of Berber( Kabyle and Tuareg, Moroccan), Gnawa, Rumba Flamenca, Algerian folk/rock are what allow this unique blend of sounds, dances and trances, to come together in this lively style. Kamel is able to blur the musical boundaries into a multicultural cocktail that invites audiences to celebrate, dance, and be swept away by the music's passion.

Kamel says on his Twitter page: "It's always with passion that world music, no matter where it is from, always takes me on an entrancing journey."

Tuareg songstress Hadesh Walet* is a Tamashek desert rock musician, lyrical soothsayer, soul singer, songwriter, guitar poet, soul artist from the southern Sahara Desert. Originally from Gao, Mali, Hadesh grew up in the middle of incredible vistas, and amongst great people with cultures as old as time itself. She sings to heal the heart and soul, and for the children of the world. Hadesh believes that "music is the best medicine for the mind."

*Photograph of Hadesh is taken by Sandoval Photography


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