Mile-Long Walk Raises Awareness, Funds for Sudan

walk

On March 13, students at Nesaquake Middle School participated in a walk to raise awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan.

Seventh-graders recently read the novel “A Long Walk to Water.” The main character Nya is one of the many girls in South Sudan who walk from morning to night gathering water from ponds and lakes to bring back to their families. Most times, the water is muddy and filled with contaminants. 

During their lunch period, the students “walked a mile in Nya’s shoes” to raise awareness about the water crisis in South Sudan, raising more than $700. The book inspired students to help raise money for Water for South Sudan, which builds wells in villages so the girls can go to school instead of walking for water every day and helps eliminate diseases from drinking contaminated water as well.