Our community has been touched by the story of Salva Dut. Former Sudanese "Lost Boy" Salva was the inspiration for our One School, One Book, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. Salva is not only the hero of this story, he is a hero in real life. We are thrilled to announce that ASD will have the unique privilege of a visit from Salva himself on June 4, 2015.
Salva is the founder of Water for South Sudan (WFSS), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to transform the lives of people in South Sudan by providing clean, safe water. After
reading his story in A Long Walk to Water, Middle School SEENAH and GAIA student clubs were inspired to respond. From their 'Water Walk' at DUCE in January, the clubs raised money to donate to WWFS. Several ASD families also donated funds. Students proudly presented Linda Sue Park with $6,000 which she accepted on behalf of the organization.
The donation qualified ASD to enter WFSS's "Iron Giraffe Challenge" which encouraged schools to collectively raise enough money to purchase a new drilling rig. Eighty-one schools around the world participated and were put into a draw. The winning prize was a visit by Salva himself. ASD is the winning school!
Salva will spend a day engaging with our students on June 4. We are honored to have Salva visit us and look forward to learning even more about his inspirational work and humanitarian efforts. Details about Salva's schedule will follow soon.
Visit Water for South Sudan to learn more. Their mission is about hope and new beginnings: "Hope for a better life springs from a well. Children are healthier and can go to school, expanding their dreams and the possibility to fulfill them. Women don’t spend their days trekking long distances for water. Clinics can be built and sustained when there is a well nearby. Where safe water flows, life can blossom."