To help save the children of the Azawak
While raising my three beautiful children, Miko, Lukas and Alex, I have learned some of my most valuable life lessons. As one of their role models, it is very important to me to teach them the importance of social responsibility and serving a greater purpose than one’s self. Through their school, Sunset Hills Montessori, I’ve become actively involved with a nonprofit organization, Amman Imman: Water is Life. Amman Imman’s mission is to build sustainable water sources in one of the most vulnerable regions of the world -- the Azawak of Niger, where water, a basic life necessity, is close to non-existent.
After hearing the heart-felt stories from the Executive Director, Ariane Kirtley, Wells of Love Director, Debbie Kahn, and watching my children and fellow students get involved in fundraising activities for Amman Imman, I too felt compelled to help in whatever way I could. Recently, I had the privilege to attend the "Clean Water for Africa Summit” which focused on raising awareness about the water crisis that affects our brothers and sisters in Africa. It was impossible for me to ignore the amazing work that the organizations at the summit were doing. Speakers representing many different African countries spoke of the desperate need for assistance in combating poverty. Even beyond the obvious needs, it was moving for me to hear their personal stories where each speaker would begin by first smiling and then thanking everyone for being present and caring for their communities in Africa.
Debbie recently told me about two women who have raised money for Amman Imman by running races and obtaining sponsorships. I thought to myself, what better way to help than for me to do the same? I have therefore decided to run in the Army 10 Miler in Washington, D.C. on October 24th.
My goal is to raise $5,000 in order to raise awareness about the water security issues in the Azawak valley and inspire other parents to get their childrens’ schools involved with the Amman Imman Wells of Love program.
We are so blessed and fortunate that it can become easy to forget about the least of our brothers and sisters. Please donate and get involved in raising awareness in your local communities through your children, the true Heroes of Compassion. God Bless!
Amman Imman, the children and I graciously thank you for your support.
ABOUT AMMAN IMMAN
In 2006 Laurel Lundstrom ran the Philadelphia marathon after
becoming inspired to raise awareness about the plight of Azawak children who
must make 35 miles roundtrips for water. Thus was launched “Run for Water” movement. Now Amman Imman gives runners from the USA the means to start their own fundraising campaigns. Learn more about this exciting develepment.
Amman Imman has been helping the people of the Azawak build pure clean sources of water since 2006. Learn more about this great organization and get involved.
Read about an extraordinary nationwide school partnership that both saves lives of the children in the Azawak plus has a major positive impact on the humanitarian development of young students volunteers.