There’s no age limit on having a big heart. Six year old Megan from New York heard about the water crisis in Africa and wanted to help. Megan held sponsored read-a-thons amongst other things and managed to raise $1000 all on her own.
For Miriam’s 8th birthday she decided that instead of gifts she would ask her friends to help children in Africa, so she sent out an invitation with this written on it; Please don’t bring a gift for me – We will make a cool group present while you are here. For my birthday, I would like to make a donation to a charity. I would like to help dig a well for a school in Africa. If each of you brings $5 instead of a present I will send the money to help children who don’t have clean water.
The name of the woman pictured here is Gune Sylvia Mikaya. She is the Headmistress of the Lire Secondary School in South Sudan.
She graciously allowed us to interview her after the well was installed at the school.
Question: What is your educational background?
Answer: Because of the civil war in Sudan, I had my education in Uganda right from the lower level to the University of Makerere where I graduated with a degree in Education.
Question: When and how did you join Lire Secondary School?
Answer: (she smiles) I joined Lire Secondary as the Headmistress in 2007 after the person who was the Headmaster before failed to satisfy the expectations of the Board of Governors.
Question: How has the water situation been in this school?
Answer: The situation has been worse, especially when students have to move two kilometers to the nearest borehole . This has not only been hectic, but time consuming as well. It has also been making it very hard to control the discipline of the students. What makes it worse is when students fight with the community for water because of who should take water first.
Question: Would you like to pass a message to the donor?
Answer: (she pauses for a minute) I actually have run out of words, I don’t know where to begin and where to stop. I appreciate the donor for providing us with very clean and abundant water, which I know will save our lives, save us time and improve community-school relationships.
Question: Are there any challenges you have had to face?
Answer: Of course!! As a woman controlling the behavior of men on the staff, it is hard given the cultural background of women being under men. But I keep myself focused and ready to meet any challenge.
A little bit of change can go a long way… Never take for granted the power of change. Eight year old Brayden of Colorado collected and donated all of his change to Drop in the Bucket. “I want to help Africa. I hope this money helps.” Thank you Brayden! Your generous contribution helped to provide clean, accessible water to children in Uganda.
Among other methods, the young students of the LaFrancis Hardiman School in Wyandach, New York raised money over three months byrecycling cans and bottles. Thanks to the kindergarten, first and second graders of this school, children thousands of miles away enjoy the right to clean drinking water everyday. Congratulations on your accomplishments LaFrancis Hardiman School, and thank you for helping Drop in the Bucket provide another community with safe, disease-free water.
Water you waiting for? If a student body of only 190 can raise $7000 in a week, imagine what your school can do. Students’ innovative fundraising methods helped spark the interest of the community, which helped them attain their goal. The Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School in Idaho became the first school in America to provide a complete water system in Uganda through their donation to Drop in the Bucket. Thank you for your commitment to community awareness as well as your donations!
The well at the Alworo Primary School of 593 children was completed in February 2008. The toilets, septics, hand-washing station, roundabout pump and underground reservoir tank soon followed. This was also the first school at which we upgraded the doors from wooden doors to steel doors.