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Grace Academy students reach out to Africa

Originally published at http://www.caymannetnews.com/news-20941–1-1—.html

Grade 2 children at Grace Christian Academy learned the lesson of compassion and world service recently with a project they undertook to aid African children.

“After researching using our school’s new Smart board,” said Lauren Sommerville , Grade 2 teacher, “we found a charity called ‘The Water Project’ (www.TheWaterProject.org). This charity provides schools and other organizations with fundraiser packs to raise money to help provide safe, clean water to African children.” The students drank only water for two weeks, giving up all sodas and other beverages, in order to donate the proceeds of the money they saved to help build a water well in Africa.

The students were compelled to reach out to other children after studying Africa in class, particularly those countries where many of the children do not have clean water to drink, such as Chad, Kenya and Nigeria. The Grade 2 class raised a grand total of US$156.74.

“It is such a great achievement,” said Ms Sommerville, “for our class to have raised money for The Water Project.”


WATSAN Training begins at Masingo

Hygiene and sanitation training was recently completed at the Masingo Slum Water Project.  This training is part of the process of mobilizing the community as they prepare for their new well project.

Our team instructs community members using established and proven techniques, sensitive to cultural and educational differences between various sites.

In addition to this training, our local partner established a WATSAN committee made up of men and women who will oversee and help maintain the water project in the long term.  This is phase one of our three phase water project process.  Next, the project will move into the construction phase, and finally on-going monitoring and evaluation.


Drilling complete in Nabongo

Drilling began this week at the Nabongo School. Our team sent along these pictures.

They found water at 16 meters and drilled to 21 meters.

The borehole is now drilled and cased, cement works complete and it is curing at present. The Afridev handpump has been purchased and is awaiting installation.


Stranded on a desert island – on purpose

Huenu Solsona

Huenu Solsona

You could call it the real survivor without the glitz of Hollywood.

On 1 April 2010, nine people from all over the world and I, will be boarding a boat and heading to a deserted island in South East Asia.  There are no behind-the-scenes camera crews or the chance to win rewards or having to vote someone out.

What we are doing however, is trying to raise money for charity… I have personally chosen The Water Project, a charity that provides potable, drinking water to areas in Africa and other parts of the world where it is most needed. For years, this was my father’s job and I have seen what his work has done to help thousands of people who previously died from water born diseases or had to travel many kilometers every day just to get enough water to live. Still today, more than half the world’s population fetches their water – all you and I do is turn on the tap.

For our 30 day adventure, we will each have a 5 litre bag with essential tools such as knives, lighters and torches, but not much can fit in these bags and we will have no external help whatsoever. With these contents and whatever we can find on the island, we will have to survive for a full month in complete isolation in what will undoubtedly be the endurance test of a lifetime.

We will have to feed off the land and the sea and learn to live with nothing more than nature has provided, away from society and the comforts we are used to. We will experience starvation, sleep deprivation, extreme heat and humidity, wild animals and insects and above all, we’ll have to interact and survive with nine strangers, all with our own opinions and habits.

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