What is Roots & Shoots?

What is Roots & Shoots?

Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.

- Dr. Jane

The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Iron Giraffe Challenge

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You’re dehydrated...walking for hours to one dirty and small water source. Getting there is only the beginning. Not only do you have to gather the water but dig for it to go home for lunch then go right back and do it again. Can you imagine living like this?

We would like to bring your attention to the water shortage in South Sudan and the rest of Africa. For the past few months the 6th grade class has been learning about Africa and how they need water. We heard about this challenge and took it on. We did an assembly and now we are trying to raise one thousand dollars towards the cause of helping to purchase a well drilling rig. The challenge is called the Iron Giraffe Challenge.

Did you know an average African child, or adult walks almost 26,400 feet to find a lake, pond or even a stream to bring water back to their home? That is about 463 times across our gym lengthwise. So just about 4.6 miles each and every day. The worst part is that the water is NOT clean at all. Many diseases are found in the water they drink which over time can kill them. Just about one child worldwide dies every minute because of water related diseases.

We read the book A Long Walk To Water which is mostly about a man named Salva Dut. Salva had to go through the water crisis himself and is now the leader of “Water For South Sudan Inc.”. He was born in South Sudan and was one of the “Lost Boys” who ran away from the war that went on. As an 11-year old Dinka (which is a tribe name), he lived in southwest Sudan. Salva fled first to Ethiopia. Then later, as a teenager, he led 1,500 "Lost Boys" hundreds of miles through the Southern Sudan desert to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

He now spreads the word about the shortage of water in Sudan and the rest of Africa. As of May 2014, Water For South Sudan Inc. has successfully drilled 217 borehole wells, bringing clean, safe water to over 500,000 people in South Sudan.  They need a new rig!

We would greatly appreciate your help by donating to the fund.  Even a small donation can save the lives of so many people - If you help you could save the life a child. Think. You get at least 3 glasses of water a day - how much do you think they get? One donation could answer that question.

The Waterford 6th Grade

The fundraiser starts 3/6 and all donations to reach $1000 must be made by 4/30. Please bring all donations to the front desk.   

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