Five Oaks Academy toddlers, primary kindergartners, lower elementary students, upper elementary students and middle school students recently participated in a fundraising drive to support the organization Amman Imman: Water is Life. Amman Imman is dedicated to improving and saving lives among the poorest and most abandoned populations of the world by supplying permanent sources of water in the Azawak of West Africa.
The annual fundraising drive, named Ammon-a-thon, gives students the opportunity to raise money by getting sponsors to pledge support for completing repetitions of some of their favorite outdoor activities including running laps, doing jumping jacks, throwing and bouncing balls and other physical activities. These activities provide students the opportunity to showcase their determination and support of this wonderful cause. Overall, the students jumped, bounced and sweat their way to raise over $5,000. Combined with other fundraisers done over the course of the year in support of Amman Imman, the students raised $6,495.22.
Amman Imman’s global objective is to increase water security for the children and adults living in the Azawak of West Africa in order to drastically reduce the incidence and prevalence of morbidity and mortality related to water insufficiency and poor water quality, such as dehydration, diarrhea, intestinal helminthes, skin diseases, lice infestation, schistosomiosis, trachoma, etc. The project’s objectives include;
- creating permanent, sustainable, and potable water sources, so that everyone within the target population has sustainable and equitable access to enough water quantity of high quality to meet their consumption, cooking, personal and domestic hygienic needs, as well as the needs of their animals,
- ensuring ecologically, financially, and socially sustainable management of water quality and quantity and
- improving hygiene and sanitation related knowledge and behavior among members of the target population.
Events such as the Amman-a-thon empower Five Oaks Academy students to be actively involved in helping others and engages them as global citizens. Five Oaks Academy is proud of all of its students who participated in Amman-a-thon.