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September 18, 2014
Ariane's Update: Their Indomitable Spirit Endures

ReelWater Film Festival 2014Dear Friends of the Azawak,

It has been quite a while since I've shared an update with you, and I'm excited to let you know that Amman Imman has enjoyed a fruitful year accomplishing numerous impactful projects in our borehole communities. While most have met with great success, a few have suffered from the devastating consequences of recent violent storms, including high winds and flash floods -- which have caused great damage across Niger as well as in our communities. In our villages alone, these storms destroyed over 100 homes and killed thousands of animals. As always, our villagers maintain a positive outlook despite the hardship they endure. Their response has been "Thanks be to God, no one was killed. Only the material has been lost." We hope to help them rebuild their villages....

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july 2, 2014
Journey Across the USA with Christina Lange and Amman Imman

ReelWater Film Festival 2014Amman Imman and Christina Lange are partnering up for a 9,000 mile cross-country bike trip, during which this seasoned photographer will fundraise throughout her journey. Christina Lange has always had a love of bicycling, and after meeting fellow enthusiast Marcus Peck during a convention in 2014, they decided to attempt an epic, yet challenging adventure--to bike across the United States. Christina explains the trip: “We will meet again on the 2nd of July and set off into the wind on the 3rd...Leaving from Bakersfield, we will head first North to Missoula, then East to Boston, South to Washington DC and back West probably via Florida, Texas and Utah. This will be a journey we expect to last 6-8 months.” Christina brings her photography prowess and Marcus comes with a writing background. Between the two of them their journey will be well documented -- telling a slow, purposeful story as they each find meaning in the miles they pass by. This isn’t the first interest she has shown in AI, either. Christina had the opportunity to meet Michael, our founder Ariane’s father, back in 2009. After learning about AI’s mission, she had wanted to do a photo documentary of the work we were doing and the region; however, she did not have the good fortune of securing a grant. With her new endeavor, Christina once again reached out to us, and we are so excited about her support... (read more here)


june 21, 2014
Children in China reach beyond borders to help the Azawak

ReelWater Film Festival 2014In early April, a wonderful thing happened. We received an email from Sean Kelly, a teacher at the Fudan International School in Shanghai, explaining that he was planning a Walk for Water with his elementary students in order to donate funds to Amman Imman. We were excited by his email, and, of course, we were happy to provide any assistance necessary to help them raise money for the people of the Azawak. Sean kept us informed about the many interesting fundraisers that the children and their parents participated in, such as a rummage sale, a raffle, a water balloon toss, a pie walk, a limbo, and a slippery melon race (where students and parents did a relay with a watermelon covered in oil). There was even an activity called “slime the teacher,” where children voted with tickets on a teacher they wished to slime, in true Nickelodeon fashion! Through all of these fun activities, Sean Kelly and the Fudan International School elementary students raised $1,945 during their Walk for Water, even though it rained the whole time! The care and perseverance that the children and their parents demonstrated by sticking it out through the bad weather is astounding... (read more here)


june 11, 2014
Thank You, Wells of Love students, teachers and parents! You are our inspiration!

ReelWater Film Festival 2014I have been hearing about all your wonderful help, as you've joined us on our adventure to help our friends in the Azawak this school year. Thank you so very much! You are our ongoing inspiration as we bring food, water, and all sorts of life improving activities to Tangarwashane, Kijigari, Couloubade, and Ebagueye. I've included some photos at the end of this letter so that you can see for yourself how beautiful Soutout, Hassi, and Mariama have become since we built them their Tangarwashane borehole seven years ago. And look how Sadouan and Alhassan's family has grown... (read more here)


june 10, 2014
Join Amman Imman at the Reel Water Film Festival on June 14!

ReelWater Film Festival 2014Join Amman Imman on Saturday, June 14th at the historic Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Maryland for the 3rd annual Reel Water Film Festival! This nonprofit event will kick off with an "Afternoon Splash," showing short films that have been submitted from all over the world, and take you on a journey exploring the many ways that water shapes our lives. Join in lively discussions and Q&A's with filmmakers, and then visit supporter organization tables (including Amman Imman) in the lobby to learn more about how you can get involved in the conversation. In the evening, the festival will host a "Dinner and a Movie" with the award-winning documentary by Patagonia, DamNation. The night will include a delicious taco bar buffet, a cash bar, and a Q&A about the film. Tickets and program information are available on the festival website here. All proceeds will directly benefit the mission of the Reel Water Film Festival, which is a nonprofit that uses film to start the conversation about the world's water issues. After the festival, at least half of the funds raised will be donated to a rainwater harvesting project in Kabale, Uganda, and to education projects around water sustainability in our local community. Learn more at www.reelwaterfilmfest.org.


May 1, 2014
Press Release: Annual 'Walk for Water' Brings Drought-Stricken Communities in West Africa to Life

A Walk For Water 2014Washington DC, May 1, 2014 - For the past decade, a severe and lengthening drought, extreme poverty, and growing insecurity has continued to erode communities in one of West Africa's most inaccessible and impoverished regions: the Azawak Valley. Although most people in the United States and around the world have never heard of the Azawak, a growing group of students and individuals from the Washington, DC area has been gathering annually since 2007 to participate in symbolic 'Walk for Water' events that have raised funds and awareness to directly assist families in the Azawak... (read more here)

 


April 21, 2014
Walk for Water with Amman Imman on May 10!

A Walk For Water 2014Dear Friends of the Azawak,
Amman Imman: Water is Life invites you and your family to the 8th annual A Walk for Water, a global service event on Saturday, May 10th at the Locust Grove Nature Center, just steps from the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. A Walk for Water supports Amman Imman's activities to drill deep wells and provide sustainable development for indigenous communities in West Africa. This is a great family event and a perfect way to teach your children, family and friends about water scarcity, which is a growing global issue. In the Azawak region of Niger and Mali, children walk 35 miles to bring water home to their families. At A Walk for Water, students and families will walk 3 miles in solidarity with the children of the Azawak... (read more here)


March 21, 2014
WFAS Radio Personality Lisa Wexler Interviews Ariane Kirtley

WFAS Radio Personality Lisa Wexler Interviews Ariane KirtleyWFAS 1230 New York radio talk show host Lisa Wexler interviewed Ariane Kirtley in January, 2014 about her work in Niger with Amman Imman: Water is Life. Here are excerpts from their conversation:
Lisa: Ariane Kirtley is founder and director of an organization called Amman Imman Water is Life. It's a charitable organization that's devoted to building water wells for people in Niger. Ariane earned a BA in anthropology from Yale, a masters in public health in 2004 from the Yale School of Public Health, and then was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Niger to conduct public health research among minority populations. That's where she's decided to devote her life, to improve the living conditions of 500,000 people in this remote area of the world that frankly I never heard of before. Ariane Kirtley, welcome to the Lisa Wexler show today! Hi!
Ariane: Hello! Thank you so much for having me on the show... (read more here)


March 11, 2014
Announcing A Walk For Water 2014!

A Walk For Water 2014Dear Friends of the Azawak,
Please mark your calendar for Amman Imman: Water is Life's 8th annual, A Walk for Water, to be held at the Locust Grove Nature Center in Cabin John Park, Bethesda Maryland on Saturday May 10, 2014. A Walk for Water is a fundraising event 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.This year we are planning a fun and interactive pre-walk festival starting at 10:30 am aimed at educating students as global citizens for the Azawak. "Passport to the Azawak" will feature live music, hands-on activities, and cultural demonstrations. Following the festival we will walk 3 miles on the Cabin John Park trails.... (read more here)


October 24, 2013
Good luck MCM runners and SC Team! And a $30,000 gift for Couloubade!

Good Luck Marine Corps Marathon RunnersDear Friends of the Azawak,
The Vibrant Village Foundation has once again pronounced itself a hero for the Azawak by contributing over $30,000 for a food project in our most recent borehole community, Couloubade. With this award, Amman Imman will be creating a woman’s run cereal bank and boutique this winter. We hope to make a significant difference to the Fulani women of Couloubade, who currently travel up to six months a year in neighboring Chad, Nigeria, and Libya to make meager earnings selling traditional medicine and potions. During these difficult times, they leave their families behind, sometimes even their breastfeeding children, who are then taken care of by their husband’s co-wives. Creating vibrancy and stability in the community will reduce their time away from home as economic opportunity becomes more readily available locally.... (read more here)


october 9, 2013
Watch our new video! And join our Solidarity Campaign!

Twitter: #SolidarityChallengeDear Friends of the Azawak,

On October 27th, 18 runners will complete the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. for Amman Imman. There is still time to be a part of our worldwide movement in solidarity with our marathon runners and our communities in the Azawak by joining our Solidarity Challenge!! Click on the link below the image to watch our new Solidarity Challenge video to learn more and be inspired! Your challenge can be as wide-ranging and creative as you want. For instance, write a song or poem for the Azawak (we’d happily publish it for you on our website), clean up a stream with your friends and kids, hold a pumpkin carving contest, or join me in running a half marathon. .....(read more here)

 


September 08, 2013
A Destiny of Peace, For People, For YOU

International Peace Day 2013In 2012, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) worked with Amman Imman to build a borehole in the village of Ebagueye. This year, Amman Imman again partners with TPRF for International Peace Day, September 21, in the Peace for People initiative. It is said We sow a thought and reap an act; We sow an act and reap a habit; We sow a habit and reap a character; We sow a character and reap a destiny. Are your thoughts connected to peace? Look at your actions. Do your habits reflect peace? Is your character aligning with where you want your destiny to land? .....(read more here)

 


August 15, 2013
Join our Solidarity Challenge Team, in Solidarity with our Marine Corps Marathon Runners!

Sienna training to run in for half marathon for Amman Imman Solidarity Challenge Dear Friends of the Azawak,

Last week we published a beautiful and compelling account about the significance of the marathon run to Amman Imman and invited you to run with our 2013 Marine Corps Marathon team. I am delighted to announce that 18 dedicated supporters have joined our Marine Corps Marathon team. To these runners, thank you and good luck as you train for the big day! I also want to applaud and thank 9-year-old Siena, who has been rallying for Amman Imman since she was in first grade. Alongside her dad, she ran a half marathon this past Sunday, and raised over $3,000 from sponsors to help children her age in the Azawak! Read about Siena's motivation and see her cross the finish line on the Wells of Love blog. The courage of Siena and our marathon runners has incited me to run in solidarity with them on October 27th, and to launch a worldwide Solidarity Challenge Team. This team will be composed of supporters from around the world uniting on October 27th by undertaking a significant challenge above and beyond their limit.....(read more here)

 


August 4, 2013
What the Marathon Means for Amman Imman

Women from Couloubade watch the last phases of the borehole drillingDear Friends of the Azawak,

As the August 7th deadline for registering our 2013 Marine Corps Marathon team fast approaches, we have been able to reflect on what the marathon means to Amman Imman. Running for water – and the marathon in particular – is a significant event for Amman Imman. Although we have worked in Niger’s Azawak Valley for more than seven years, bringing sustainable water sources to thousands of families, not a day passes during the Azawak’s prolonged dry season (now more than nine months long) without children forsaking school, play and their health to make marathon journeys for water. They travel atop dehydrated donkeys with jerry cans strapped to their sides and they walk on their calloused feet across the hot sand. Many of them are too young to remember the days, more than 10, 20 years ago, when their homeland was the greenest, most fertile pasture in West Africa. When rain fell as it should and generously filled marshes from which they drank. But their parents do. They tell their children of how they used to travel marathons, not out of desperation, but out of custom. As nomads, they moved from one lush grazing pasture to the next, keeping their animals and themselves healthy and ensuring their livelihoods. Their children can hardly believe it now. Since their land began to dry up almost a decade ago, these same nomads have built camps that have been transformed into villages, many around Amman Imman’s five luminous water towers: beaming oases in a desert of sand and thorns....(read more here)


July 9, 2013
Join our Marine Corps Marathon Team, Run for the Azawak!

Women from Couloubade watch the last phases of the borehole drillingDear Friends of the Azawak,

I hope this email finds you well and ready as I challenge you to take on the physical feat of your lifetime! In solidarity with the marathons for water still being traveled every day by our friends in the Azawak, we are organizing a team to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on October 27. I invite all runners to join us and race for the benefit of Amman Imman! As an Official Charity Partner of the Marine Corps Marathon, Amman Imman has more than a dozen open runner slots, which we need to fill by August 7. We’d be so proud and happy to have you as a member of our team! Along with running the marathon, we request that you raise a minimum of $300 to help support additional assistance—food security, livelihood, health, and education programs—for our borehole communities. These funds will also support the construction of a sixth borehole well, because while we continue to rejoice at the sight of the clean, precious water springing from our newest borehole in Couloubade, we are fast thinking to the future.....(read more here)

June 5, 2013
Amman Imman's new borehole in Couloubade

Women from Couloubade watch the last phases of the borehole drillingDear Friends of the Azawak,

Denis, Fassely, Soriya, and I returned from Niger mid-April 2013 after five rewarding months. With the support of the Vibrant Village Foundation and our ever-devoted student Heroes of Compassion, we accomplished all of our planned projects despite the outbreak of war in neighboring Mali, and ongoing terrorist threats. I am particularly grateful to Denis and Momine (project coordinator), who braved the risks of being taken hostage to pursue our life saving and enhancing work for our communities in the Azawak. I am also ever thankful to Amman Imman’s associate director, Debbie, for successfully coordinating Amman Imman’s Wells of Love activities, and organizing a powerful Walk for Water 2013. We are particularly proud to have a positive influence on the hearts and minds of students worldwide meanwhile improving lives in Niger!....(read more here)


March 28, 2013
Amman Imman is an official charity partner of the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon!

Run for Water 2013Amman Imman is an official charity partner of the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon! Secure your spot to run the popular race now, and help us bring sustainable water sources and other humanitarian aid to Niger's Azawak region, sadly, one of the few places in the world where people still die of thirst. We have 25 open runner slots for the race....(read more here)

 

 

 


February 27, 2013
Amman Imman Announces 2013 A Walk for Water

A Walk for Water 2013Dear Friend of the Azawak,

On May 11, 2013, Amman Imman will host the 7th annual "A Walk for Water" at a new venue -- the Locust Grove Nature Center at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, Maryland. Students and their families, from schools across the DC area, will come together to walk 3 miles on the wooded trails, offering their support to children and families living in the Azawak of West Africa. We hope that you and your family will join us! (read more here)

 


February 04, 2013
Fitness Philanthropy - and Fun for Kids - with the Amman-a-thon

Minnieland Huguenot decorated and sold pinwheels This year we are highlighting The Amman-a-thon, our signature fitness fun-draising activity in which students practice their athletic skills with the intent of raising funds to support Amman Imman's projects. Amman-a-thons have become yearly events at several schools. We'd like to see more schools implementing this activity! To learn more visit our Amman-a-thon campaign page. From there, you'll be able to download a step-by-step Planning Guide and Fundraising Kit. We share some stories about the Amman-a-thon here: (read more here)


November 17, 2012
Collaboration Doubles Compassion

boy_saves_for_azawakMinnieland Huguenot decorated and sold pinwheels while learning about Air, Land, and Water in September. In the spring of 2010 I had the opportunity to meet with the Montessori teachers of Minnieland Academy to share our Wells of Love program at an end-of-year luncheon. The teachers recognized an opportunity for their students. By learning about the people of the Azawak, who live in circumstances quite different than their own, their 3-6 year old students would gain a global perspective. Given the opportunity to help, these young leaders would lay a foundation for their future by manifesting their potential to make a tangible difference people's lives...(read more here)


October 30, 2012
Amman Imman and Vibrant Village provide food relief

Truck arrives in Ebagueye carrying 20 tons of millet for food relief.As you may know, Amman Imman drilled its newest borehole earlier this year for the community of Ebagueye. The primary funder, The Vibrant Village Foundation, has once again provided invaluable help by funding an emergency food relief project in Ebagueye. Over the months of September and October, we will have distributed 40 tons of millet to Ebagueye and its 12 surrounding communities. Our aim has been to help cover the food needs of Ebagueye’s 400 most vulnerable families, approximately 2800 people, as we await grain prices to fall in Niger....(read more here)


september 9, 2012
Students raise over $50,000 to help the Azawak

Salmonbury Schools Students (Washington State) celebrate World Water Day by supporting Amman ImmanStudents across the world have once again proven that determination, perseverance, empathy, compassion, and action can save lives... one borehole at a time. This past school year alone our student “Heroes of Compassion” raised more than $50,000 and an enduring awareness about the Azawak in their communities. Since 2006, more than 100 schools in the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and New Zealand collectively raised close to $200,000, helping Amman Imman to construct and manage four boreholes in the Azawak that in the hot season relieve the thirst of up to 100,000 people and animals...(read more here)


August 28, 2012
Ebagueye, 8 months after the construction of their borehole

young_girls_smiling Through our work in Niger’s Azawak Valley, we have learned that local communities are the heart and soul of our work. They are not only the people for which we work, but those with which we work. They are some of our most important partners. They represent the key to sustaining life-giving water sources over the long-term and to ensuring that each water source enables further development. The power of our local partners is demonstrated by the story of Ebagueye Village, home to Amman Imman’s newest borehole well. As you know, Amman Imman means ‘water is life’. Within just six months, I have seen this prophecy come to fruition for those in Ebagueye Village....(read more here)


August 28, 2012
Student philanthropists take action for the Azawak

Denis with USA Ambassador To Niger Bisa Williams For young students, the heart of philanthropy opens when they discover a problem, gain understanding, and are given the tools at their level to take action that makes a difference. The Evergreen Montessori School's global service program opens the door to philanthropy for their students. Last year, elementary students at Evergreen learned about several organizations that address global issues. The students divided into committees, each group choosing one of the causes as their focus. Over the course of several months, these young philanthropists studied the issues, participated in activities that raised awareness about their cause, and collected money to contribute towards their chosen organization's program. I shared Amman Imman: Water is Life with Evergreen students in the spring. All the students were so receptive! Upon learning about children and families in the Azawak suffering due to the lack of water, three students decided to make Amman Imman their cause. They deeply wanted to help. "When the students see a need, they feel an impulse to help. And when it comes to caring, they don't stop themselves from responding to their impulse." says Lourdes Barden, Programs Director at Evergreen...(read more here)


March 31, 2012
Amman Imman Proudly Presents the Ebagueye Borehole

Denis with USA Ambassador To Niger Bisa Williams Denis, Fassely, and I returned from Niger mid-March after four grueling yet extremely rewarding months running various projects in the Azawak.  With donations from individuals like you, funds raised by school children worldwide, and help from two dedicated foundations – The Vibrant Village Foundation and The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) – we constructed the borehole of Ebagueye village.  The borehole will serve the needs of Ebagueye, the twelve surrounding smaller communities, as well as passing nomads and more distant populations.  You can imagine our tremendous joy as we witnessed the children gulping down and jubilantly bathing in the pure borehole water for the first time.......(read more here)


march 22, 2012
With Water, There Is Life

Washington DC, March 22, 2012—Water—and having plentiful access to it—has transformed from dream to reality for those living on a slice of West Africa's most barren landscape. So this World Water Day, Amman Imman: Water is Life celebrates. We celebrate the crystalline water that thousands of people living in Niger's Azawak region now drink each day. And we celebrate that many in the world have made water a priority: according to a recent report from the United Nations and the World Health Organization, Millennium Development Goal 7 has been met three years early by halving the number of people without access to clean water since 1990. "With water, there will be life," Ariane Kirtley, Amman Imman's Founder and Director, has always said.......(read more here)


February 27, 2012
With two new partnerships, Amman Imman: Water is Life brings water, food to many more in Niger

girl_bathing_during_pumping_trials Another 25,000 people and their animals in Niger's Azawak Valley will now have access to clean water, largely because of support from Amman Imman' s two newest partners: The Vibrant Village Foundation and The Prem Rawat Foundation. Through a combined grant of $173,000 from the two foundations, additional funds totaling $64,000 from Amman Imman's partnering schools, and individual supporters, our fourth borehole well in the village of Ebagueye is now complete. We are poised to conduct additional life-changing activities in the village, as well as to provide direct food assistance, gardening training and educational materials in the villages where Amman Imman's existing boreholes are already operating......(read more here)


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