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They’ve been doing it for twelve years! Every spring, students from Fernwood Elementary School on Salt Spring Island, BC, walk to a nearby lake, collect water and carry it back to school. Robin Andison started the tradition and still talks the talk. In recent years, students have helped set up a crowdfunding site and the results are great. Last year, the school raised funds for four wells. This “Great Walk for Water” carries an important message and Ms Andison makes sure it is shared with the students year after year. Why do they keep on doing it?

By walking to collect water and carry it back, says Ms Andison, our students get to better understand the daily experience of millions of children in the developing world who must rely on dubious water sources far from their homes in order to survive. It also provides them with a real sense of personal accomplishment by reaching out to help others less fortunate than themselves.

More than 20 wells

Over the years, Fernwood Elementary School students, with the help of their teachers and parents, have consistently been able to raise enough money to cover the cost of two wells and more each year. So far, they have supported the installation of 30 village wells. This partnership with SOPAR has given an easy and safe access to water to thousands of villagers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India.

Let’s hope the tradition endures!