Give the Gift of Clean Water and Education - A Rhoades Service Learning Project

December 13, 2019

Water for South Sudan is a non-profit organization that provides clean water for villages in South Sudan. The organization was founded in 2003 by Salva Dut, a former “Lost Boy of Sudan." Salva lived in Sudan, and was forced to flee his country during the Sudanese Civil War. He walked through Kenya, Ethiopia, and southern Sudan along with thousands of boys in search of safe haven. After living in the Kakuma refugee camp for many years, Salva came to the United States as a refugee and lived in Rochester, New York. He learned that his father was very ill due to a waterborne illness and Salva made it his mission to drill wells for people in South Sudan. He created WFSS, and drilled the first well in South Sudan in 2005. Now, WFSS drills wells that provide clean water for villages and schools, maintains and upgrades older wells that have broken down over time, hosts hygiene trainings and builds sustainable latrines. You can read more about Salva in the book A Long Walk To Water.

 

WFSS has drilled over 400 wells, rehabilitated 119 wells, hosted 330 hygiene trainings, and served over 300,000 people. WFSS IS supported by donors from all 50 states and 51 countries, and has raised over $10.2 million from individuals, schools, and faith-based and civic groups since 2004.

 

At the Rhoades School, 6th graders read A Long Walk To Water in literature class. For the middle school service learning project, we decided to help WFSS by raising awareness and donating money to their cause. A Long Walk to Water has inspired Rhoades students. Levi Katriel, an 8th grader, said, “This book taught me that when you persevere, you can really get things done. People around my age and even younger had to walk across deserts to provide water for their families.” Personally, I feel that the book perfectly describes the hardships that the Lost Boys had to go through as they walked across multiple countries to safety, and the hardships that young children still face when they must walk long distances to provide even a little bit a of water for their families.

 

We hope you will support our goal to raise awareness and funds for WFSS by reading this ebook and making a donation. If you would like to make a gift of your donation to a friend or family member, we will send you a card with artwork by a Rhoades student celebrating your gift. In the email you received with this ebook, there is a link to make a donation to our service learning project, Water for South Sudan.

 

Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

 

 

 

 

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