Students Raise 1.8K to Build Well in Africa

Submitted by Caroline Vickery, Class of 2018

Those annoying pennies do add up, as the Upper School students at Westminster can attest given the results of their coin drive at the end of 2017.

In early November, the Upper School began a two-month service project to raise money to build a well in the Irmonjin village of southern Kenya. Upper School students heard from Wilson, a Maasai warrior, who traveled to the United States to share the challenge of his village being located eight miles from a barely potable water source.

Hosted by the Mayo family, Wilson spent the month of November promoting awareness about his village throughout the Augusta area, starting with Westminster, and asking for financial support for a new well by selling blankets and bracelets hand-made by the women of his tribe. Upper School students and faculty had the opportunity to purchase these wares as a one-day fundraiser. The results were astounding: almost $1,300 was raised solely in one lunch period.

In addition to this generous amount, students participated in a coin drive throughout November and December, collecting loose change to contribute to the Well Project. As an extra motivator to participate, this drive served as both an advisory and House competition: the advisory group who raised the most money received a food party and the House who raised the most received double points in the year-long House competition. Congratulations to the victorious Matterhorn House, who raised a total of $235.85!

Students were also presented with the opportunity to dress casually during exam days for a donation of $2 to this project.

After tallying the proceeds from the bracelet and blanket sale, coin drive, and “dress-down” tickets, the Upper School raised a grand total of $1,846.23. Thank you to everyone who contributed both in donations and prayer!

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