West Middle Students To Walk for Water

WMS Students Will Walk for Water
Posted on 05/02/2018
7th grade girl getting interviewed by reporterMillions of kids a day miss out on having a good education because they have to work and walk miles, just to get unhealthy water. 844 million people lack basic drinking water in undeveloped countries. This dirty water causes many diseases like Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, Dysentery and also waterborne diseases.
The seventh graders of West Middle School believe that people should not suffer and lack basic needs because of where they were born. So they are doing something about it.
“It’s really an injustice that people don’t have the same access to clean water that we do,” said 7th grade student Lauren Kelly. “We really take having clean water for granted.”
The students chose to do a Water Walk to raise funds for a new well, hand-washing stations and latrines in Malawi, Africa. The project is being guided by 36 students in the Challenge Enrichment Program, but has been embraced by the entire school.
“The entire student body voted on what the fundraiser would be and decided on which school we would choose in Africa,” said Sarah McLachlan, challenge enrichment teacher. “The project will benefit not just the 800 students at Kapaluluka Primary School in Malawi, but the entire village of 4,000 people.”
The Water Walk is meant to demonstrate what it is like for children all over the world to miss school in order to fetch water, that isn’t even safe to drink. On Friday, May 18 students will come together and carry a gallon of water on a 1.3 mile trek around Recreation Park.
You can help the students make the world a better place by taking part in the walk, getting pledges or donations or by making a contribution to the cause.
Walkers can register online at this site
Donations can also be made online at this site 
“For less than the cost of a fancy coffee, you could make a huge impact on a community,” McLachlan said. “Many well projects cost less than $5,000 so it only takes 500 people giving $10 or 1,000 people giving $5.”
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