Back to school this week took on new meaning for our Grade 6 students. Very familiar with social action projects, the girls enthusiastically embarked on a Water Walk, together with WE.org and Brita Canada as sponsors.
Carrying heavy water cans on their backs, in temperatures as hot as you might experience in rural Kenya, our girls learnt what it means for some African girls and women to carry water daily in order to provide for their families' water needs.
"It's amazing how fast you tire out after walking half the field," said Grade 6 student Lulu.
The girls walked in teams of four, together with volunteers from Brita. At times, they had to help each other with the water-filled barrels. "It was tough, and you learn just how hard it is for some people to get water," commented Grade 6 student Helena.
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Free the Children (WE.org) founder Marc Kielburger told students that "The number one reason why girls don't go to school in sub-Saharan Africa is not because there are no schools, but because they have to get water for their villages."
As program sponsor, Brita's goal is to provide access to safe, clean water to the community in Irkaat, Kenya through the provision of boreholes. "Brita Canada has partnered with WE.org to educate a generation of youth around the idea that small choices can make a very, very big impact," said Brita's General Manager Mike Pilato.
Adding to this meaningful day, talented Canadian artist Serge Belo created a large art installation in the middle of the field, using 600 white water barrels. The installation depicted a woman's profile and a water drop. Belo noted that the number of barrels depicts the average amount of water a Canadian family uses in a year.