Middle School Students Continue to Fund Wells in South Sudan
After enduring a global pandemic, the Veronica E. Connor Middle School students continue to persevere and fundraise to raise money for wells in South Sudan.
South Sudan is the world’s newest and poorest country. Water for South Sudan Inc. delivers life-changing, sustainable, locally-led programs that strengthen individuals, families, communities, and the nation of South Sudan, enabled by inspired donors and supporters worldwide. VCMS continues to be an inspiration in giving to this organization.
Seventh-grade students read and study the book “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. This is a book about a Sudanese refugee, Salva Dut, in the 1980s who is displaced from his family and survives in Africa for over a decade until he is relocated to Rochester, NY. It is there he founded Water for South Sudan Inc. and continues to bring water to his people until this day. Parallel to his story, a fictional, composite character, Nya, portrays the life for African girls. She fetches contaminated water all day, every day of her life. Students learn the value or perseverance and how a person can make a difference.
The Iron Giraffe Challenge is a fundraising effort for schools to participate in to raise money for the drilling of wells in the most remote villages in South Sudan. VCMS has funded one well thus far and a second as a collaborative effort with other schools. This year, students continue to raise funds for this essential organization based in Rochester, NY. Students participated in a walk to raise awareness and funds for water. Marissa Aceti, Kate Mezher, Brianna Rejewski and Connor Muelbauer were just a few students who went above and beyond this year to raise just over $1,000.