ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
YOU CAN REGISTER ON-SITE ON MAY 10 starting at 10:15 am.
Refer to the Event Day Information and Guidelines for important details, directions, parking, etc. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the blog post, You won't believe what's happening at A Walk for Water 2014!
A Walk for Water is an educational fundraising event for schools, students and families that symbolizes the 35 mile trek children living in the Azawak of West Africa travel to bring water home to their families. The funds raised will benefit Amman Imman's projects to build sustainable sources of water in the Azawak and will support food security, health, sanitation, education, women's empowerment and livelihood activities.
Participation provides an opportunity for families to engage in a global community service experience. Attending the event qualifies for up to 4 SSL hour for MCPS students and could be used as CAS hours for IB students.
Each online registration requires an individual email address. Consider using your FB account for your personal registration, and then another email(s) for your children to register.
Or you can register as a Group of 4 under one email address. One fundraising page will be created per email address. You have the ability to edit the fundraising page so that it reflects your group. For example, you can create a family fundraising page, or a fundraisng page for a group of friends.
Online registration will close on May 9. On-site registration will be available at a higher rate starting at $15 /student and $18/adult. The fee is a donation; everyone will be admitted to the event regardless of the ability to pay. We want YOU to be there!
Locust Grove Nature Center in Cabin John Park, Bethesda, Maryland
Rain or Shine!
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Event Check-in and Azawak Cultural Festival
Receive your Passport to the Azawak! This interactive cultural festival will feature hands-on activities and live demonstrations for the whole family!
Food, traditional crafts and jewelry, and other items will be available for purchase. There will also be live music from West Africa and a special drawing for a Kindle Fire.
12:00 pm Rally to walk for water
Meet people from the Azawak. Learn about Amman Imman's work and why we are walking.
3 mile walk on the trails in Cabin John Park begins. Walk at your own pace.
It’s Friday! It’s also crunch time. We are getting really close to the walk! The AI team is starting to feel the pressure. We have a lot of important deadlines and targets to meet, and at only $555 raised so far with a mere 22 days left, we now have to focus very hard on fundraising. We also only have less than 30 people registered--5 of these being part of the event AI volunteer team!
Yes, 22 days left until A Walk For Water.
That’s less than a month left until the walk. As a charity, we need to raise enough funds either through the walk itself or through charitable businesses to cover expenses for the walk. And it would be super if this happened before the walk, since it makes us less anxious and jittery after all the coffee we have been drinking staying up working on cool activities for you all to do this year.
Sadly, you don’t always get what you want.
That’s OK, though. There’s a chance at this point that we won’t meet the budget before A Walk For Water starts, but we are hoping all of you will help us out. We really could use your amazing powers of persuasion to talk to your neighbors, friends, and family about AWFW. Hint how it’s going to be a lot of fun (after all you’ll be there!), and encourage them to donate. Even a little bit goes a long way. Just think of all the people in your email list, or your Facebook friends, or your Twitter followers. I have over 200 friends on Facebook. Imagine if all 200 donated $1? That would be $200 raised!
You make Amman Imman shine!
I realize that this update hasn’t updated you much on what the AI Team has been up to in the past week since our last meeting, but that’s because as the walk draws closer, we rely on you guys. Sure, we do a ton of work under the hood making this event happen. But it’s all of you -- each person individually that truly makes anything happen. I’ve often heard charities use the phrase ‘Even one person can make a difference’. You should know that it’s not true. One person doesn’t just make a difference. They make all the difference in the world.
- Jamie, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
It’s Friday again, supporters! I’m sure you are all dreaming of your weekend plans as you sip your morning coffee. I know weekends are for relaxing, but I wanted to take a second opportunity in this week’s update to remind you that National Volunteer Week is still under way until April 12th! Don't forget to engage with us and other volunteers about the walk on Twitter or Facebook!
Some of you have already told us about how awesome you are in your support of us. I'd like to take a moment to give a shout out to Karen and Anna Cronin, who showcased Amman Imman at the National Youth Leadership and talked about A Walk For Water. Thank you so much you two!
If you have recently helped spread awareness, talked about AI, or any other form of support we not only want to share it to the world, we love reading about it! It makes us smile, especially on Mondays. Send us an email!
Only 29 days left until AWFW!
Some of you might think that's still a lot, but it goes by very quickly. This week we have been working on the design of the passports we are handing out for the walk. We have been finalizing the pages we will put in the booklet, as well as started to work on the graphical design. All I am allowed to say is that it is going to look great, and be so much fun for the children (and adults too, why not?).
Also, this week in particular was exciting because I had the opportunity to read some of the field updates from past programs and current, as well as read some technical details about the boreholes we build to give access to clean drinking water to the Azawak. I can’t wait to soon start sharing these things with you all!
Until next week, enjoy your weekend!
- Jamie, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Week of March 27 - April 3rd
Hello supporters of the Azawak! Happy Friday! Today we are starting what will be our weekly updates on AWFW 2014. Each Friday we will post an update on what we as a team have been doing to make this walk not only a huge success as a charity, but as a community as well! We want everyone in attendance to have a ton of fun, and learn a lot to boot.
Some of you may already know, but starting last year AWFW became something that was done through the hard work of an AI volunteer team: Rebecca Reynolds (our Event Coordinator), Andre Silva (our Fundraising Coordinator), Debra Kahn (our Outreach and Registration Coordinator and person-who-does-all-things), Kim Hagg (our Logistics Coordinator), Jamie Ferrugiaro (our Marketing and Promotion Coordinator), and Steve Barron (our Accounting and Event Day Registration Coordinator).
Although we have been working on the event since January, last week for us was a big one! Even though this is our second year working as a team together for AWFW, we have had a lot of challenges. We opted to try a different fundraising platform for this event--Fundly. Although there are many new, exciting features that Fundly has provided for us we have found a lot of challenges as well, and a majority of last week was spent dealing with them. Debbie in particular took up the reins to get these issues solved! We have to thank everyone for the their awesome patience as we work out the kinks.
We also went over some of the major decisions we have to make at this point in our time frame : T-Shirt designs, Passport design, tents we need to procure for the event, starting a marketing strategy, having volunteers hang up posters, and more! Phew.That was a lot.
Speaking of, we can’t take a break yet! There is still a lot more to do before we get to see all the people who have already generously registered to participate in this event! Until next week, enjoy your weekend!
Amman Imman: Water is Life (AI) has a twofold mission. First of all, it is dedicated to empowering and preserving Africa’s most vulnerable indigenous peoples, by offering them organic, sustainable development options that permit them to live as closely as possible to their preferred lifestyle. AI helps them form vibrant communities where they rediscover optimism and dignity, and emphasizes the role of women as a guiding force for renewed hope.
Secondly, through its Wells of Love (WOL) service-learning program, AI empowers schoolchildren, especially in the United States, 1) to learn about the culture and plight of these populations, through school-based curricula and leadership activities, and 2) to reach out to indigenous people with helping hands of friendship and solidarity.
Since its inception in 2006, AI’s main focus in the field has been the construction of permanent sources of water in the Azawak of West Africa, working against harrowing odds to save lives among two of the most defenseless minorities in Africa – a half million Tuareg and Wodaabe pastoral nomads living in Niger and Mali who no longer have water most of the year, due to unremitting drought caused by climate change. AI creates “Oases of Life” around permanent boreholes drilled to depths of over 200 meters into sustainable aquifers, along migration routes in the southern Sahara. These points of civilization create safety zones of plentiful water, allowing AI to work with the local people to establish food programs, health and sanitation projects, economic advancement projects, education programs, women’s empowerment opportunities and other activities. AI’s work has lead to improved overall health, water and food security, greater access to revenue and education, and decreased childhood mortality in the Azawak region.
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