April 25, 2011

Earth Day 2011 - Santa Monica College

Wells Bring Hope joined other ecologically-minded non-profits on the Santa Monica College campus for Earth Day on April 22.  Students taking part in a “Treasure Hunt” had to walk from one end of the quad to the other carrying a 40 lb. can filled with water.  They couldn’t believe how heavy it was and to do it for 4-6 miles as women in West Africa do every day was unimaginable.  It was an eye-opener for them and a very painful one, realizing how women and girls suffer from the burden of getting water.  They were so happy to learn that when a well is drilled, all that is ended and girls can go to school.

Here’s what they had to say after carrying a can with 40 lbs. of water:
“It was very heavy.  It didn’t feel good.  For girls like me, it would be really hard to carry it.  They would feel very tired.  It’s sad that the girls can’t go to school. ”    —Jade F. 8 years old
“I couldn’t make it all the way.  I can’t even imagine having to do that every day, let alone one day for four to six miles.” —Isabella Z.
At first, it didn’t seem like anything.  The road gets harder.  Imagine doing it for four to six miles. —Jack. N.
“It was horrible.  As soon as I got halfway, I got a headache.  It was very tiring.”  —Shandell
“I can’t believe that African women have to carry these so often.  I could barely carry it for a couple of feet.” —Diana P.
“It is very heavy, even for a guy.  I can’t even imagine doing it every day.” —Cristian H.
“It was very difficult to carry 40 lbs. of water around.  I was exhausted just walking for one minute.  I can’t imagine how African women walk for four to six miles carrying this water.  That is something that I absolutely can’t do”. —Tran P.


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