The Social Justice Club at St. Kateri Catholic School has bought a water well for a village in Tanzania. It cost $6,000 and the team of students started their fundraising journey in September. The well will be placed near a school in a village in the East African country.
The initiative was a joint effort with the We Movement. Grade 8 student Taya Sutherland is one of the girls that started the project at her school.
“It is a big impact. It is bigger than you’d imagine. Here we take things for granted like washing our hands and washing dishes, we don’t have to walk to go get it. We turn on the tap and it is there. It is eye opening.”
A water walk was held at the school to symbolize the hard work it takes to fetch water in the village in Tanzania. The students carried a 4 litre jug of water around pathways near the school.
Sarah Scott is the teacher that leads the club. She says it was supposed to take them two years to complete the task but she was impressed with the speed that the girls got the initiative going.
“I think when you become a teacher you try to make an impact on as many lives as possible. I think helping kids get involved and have that passion to make a difference in the world is so important. That is what your life pursuit should be.”
The students will now brainstorm more projects to take on with their after school club.