RMS helps South Sudan in fresh water efforts

Rockford Middle School recently received photos of the results of its fundraising efforts during the 2010-11 school year.

In the pictures, people in South Sudan pose proudly next to two new wells, holding signs with the school’s name and the organizations H2O for Life and Water for South Sudan. These wells were drilled with money raised through the efforts of the eighth grade class only two years ago.

South Sudan citizens pose next to a “thank you” message to RMS students who aided in badly needed well digging efforts through student-managed fundraising.

South Sudan citizens pose next to a “thank you” message to RMS students who aided in badly needed well digging efforts through student-managed fundraising.

During their geography and language arts classes, students learned many people in South Sudan live without access to clean water. Millions of people must walk miles to collect water, and it is often contaminated with disease. High infant mortality rates and quickly spreading illnesses are unfortunate realities the people of South Sudan face every day. When eight grade students learned of this tragedy, they quickly worked together to brainstorm fundraising ideas and to find a well-drilling nonprofit organization to support their efforts.

The entire fundraising effort was student driven; a hat sale, a 5K Walk for Water, and a carnival, were all dedicated to raising awareness and money for the cause. Over the course of the spring, over $11,000 was raised to drill wells with the help of the organizations Water for South Sudan and H20 for Life. 33 wells were drilled in 2012, bringing the total to 137 wells drilled by the organization since 2005.

On their website, Water for South Sudan states, “Where safe, clean water flows, health, education, and economic development spring up. Safe water brings new hope and opportunities to South Sudan’s people, empowering them to change their lives.”

RMS students can be proud that they were able to provide incredible new opportunities to people living across the globe.

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