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Press Release: june 2, 2009
An Opportunity to Serve:
DERWOOD, MARYLAND and CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA (June 2, 2009) Amman Imman thanks the Boyd School, the Barrie School, Aidan Montessori and Oneness-Family School for their support and participation in A Walk For Water. We extend a special appreciation to our volunteers, walkers and their sponsors: teachers, family members, friends, and students from the four schools who attended these two Walks, and those who participated through sponsorship donations. Thank You!
May 9, 2009
About 45 children and adults from the Boyd School community gathered at Elanor Lawrence Park for their first annual A Walk For Water. Boyd School middle school teacher Rodney Berthold and his class hosted the Walk, gathering students from seven campuses to participate. Rodney and his students first heard about Amman Imman at the 2007 Global Citizenship Action Project conference in New York City where Ariane Kirtley spoke to over 100 middle school students about the Azawak’s water crisis, inviting them to join the project. Rodney hopes that A Walk For Water will become a yearly tradition at the Boyd School.
See more photos on the Montessori Amman Imman blog here.
May 16, 2009
Close to $5000 has been raised by students from the Barrie School, Aidan Montessori and Oneness-Family School in the 3rd annual A Walk for Water, held at Lake Frank in Derwood, Maryland on May 16th. The Walk has become a very special tradition, an event through which families experience what it means to take action together and make a difference in the world. This year approximately 120 people attended.
Attaher Mohamed, an international student who grew up in the Azawak,
accompanied the students on A Walk For Water
Many stories were shared, illustrating how important Amman Imman’s work in the Azawak has become here in America for the students and families who have become our ardent supporters:
From left, Attaher Mohamed, Andrew Kutt, Michael Kirtley,
Sara Grossman and Debbie Kahn at the Rally
A brief rally before the Walk served to remind everyone about why they were there. Andrew Kutt from Oneness-Family School, Sara Grossman from Barrie and Suzanne Stork from Aidan Montessori spoke to the students. Michael Kirtley, president of the Friendship Caravan, spoke about the African continent and its generosity. Attaher Mohamed, a Tuareg from the Azawak, spoke about the importance of the Tangarwashane borehole.
Walk coordinator Debbie Kahn spoke about the value of each individual contribution. "Most of the good that is done in the world is not funded by foundations or large corporations, but rather by individuals like you and me. This is a tremendous insight that brings credence to the adage, You can make a difference”, Debbie told the crowd of children and adults. “When we work together, we can really and truly make the world a better place. While bringing life and hope to the Azawak by building boreholes, we also bring life and hope to our own communities and children."
When they finished the Walk, each student received a
certificate with a photo and story about a child from the Azawak
Program Amman Imman is a Washington, D.C.-based program, working in partnership with the American non-profit The Friendship Caravan, For more information, visit: www.waterishope.org. To read about student efforts to help, visit: http://montessori-amman-imman-project.blogspot.com/.