Montessori School of McLean's A Walk for Water
10th anniversary celebration of A Walk for Water
The Montessori School of McLean invites you to
"A Walk for Water for the Azawak"
Learn about the cause
Imagine walking or riding on the back of a donkey for 35 miles, in the heat of 120 degrees F, in search of water for your survival. Imagine doing this everyday.....
The Azawak valley straddles the borders of Niger and Mali in West Africa. This vast region is home to half a million people. A changing climate, water scarcity and drought coupled with the lack of developement and abject poverty have made the people of the Azawak some of the most vulnerable in the world. They are literally dying of thirst. But there is hope....
Since 2006, Amman Imman has drilled five deep borehole wells in Niger that now provide sustainable sources of clean water to over 100,000 people and their animals. The organization also works with people in the borehole villages to lead essential development activities including food security, education, economic and women’s empowerment projects. In 2016-2017, Amman Imman is focusing on developing their health program which currently provides treatment and health education services to over 13,000 people in the region.
A Walk for Water for the Azawak symbolizes the 35 mile trek children living in this remote region of West Africa have had to travel to bring water home for their families. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary this event sponsored by schools around the world since 2007. Students walk a certain distance, often 5K, and raise funds by asking people in their school and community, friends, family, and local businesses to sponsor them.