Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Walk For Water

Students from The Boyd School are part of a rich, diverse community. We embrace the many heritages of our families and celebrate their cultures. As an extension of that community, children and families participate in events and outreach programs throughout the year that help us understand that we are all global citizens.

This Friday, our Elementary and Middle School students will take a symbolic journey of 3 miles through the paths of Ellanor Lawrence Park. A Walk for Water is a fundraising event that symbolizes the 35 mile trek children living in the Azawak sometimes travel to bring water home for their families. Our younger students participate through what is called, Amman-a-Thon. The Amman-a-thon is a fundraising event that unites fitness and philanthropy. Students gain athletic proficiency while raising awareness and funds to support sustainable sources of water in the Azawak Valley.

A vast plain approximately the size of Florida on the edge of the Sahara, the Azawak is one of the poorest regions in landlocked countries, Niger and Mali.  Climate change has shortened the rainy season to less than two months a year. The local outreach organization, Amman Imman works with schools and other groups throughout the world in an effort to bring awareness and support for the people of this region. The Boyd School families along with contributions from other Montessori schools have provided Amman Imman the resources to have successfully drilled borehole wells that provide water for up to 25,000 people and animals, and serve as a catalyst for community development.

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Video from The Boyd School 2011 - A Walk For Water