June 17, 2019

You Did It: The Well Project

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Last year, we came together to choose a project for our annual school campaign – a project where all the fundraising efforts of Christian schools across Canada would be designated.

The need for clean water at Zambian schools became clear after a country-wide cholera outbreak in January 2018. Schools were forced to close and public gatherings weren’t allowed. CCAP, EduDeo’s partner in Zambia, knew that they had to do something.

We chose a big project and set a big financial goal – $40,000 for the drilling and building of eight wells at our partner schools in Zambia. And so The Well Project was born.

Students across Canada made The Well Project the focus of all their fundraising: they held mission weeks, raced in the Road2Hope: School Edition, held bake sales – and much more. We saw schools get creative to understand why this project was important.

The Grade 8 class at Providence Christian School in Dundas, Ontario focused on The Well Project all year long. After a visit with Florence, Boniface, and Rev. Nehemia –  three Zambian educational leaders – the students asked, “What can we do?” Raising $40,000 by themselves seemed daunting, but what if they could hold an event and inspire other students to do the same?

So they created a video, presented at a teachers’ convention, wrote brochures, sent out pledge forms, and asked anyone they knew for support. On April 30, they gathered with schools across Ontario and carried buckets of water for six kilometers – the average distance a Zambian walks to get water. In the end, over 30 schools participated in the water walk wherever they were – all across Canada and even in Florida!

We were thrilled to hear how different schools created learning opportunities for their students. One school held a challenge to see who could walk without spilling their water – to help students understand the value of what they were carrying. Another school had their Grade 7 & 8 students create interactive and educational water experiences for the rest of the school. One school’s work even inspired a comic in their local newspaper! 

What a privilege to see how God is moving in classrooms across Canada. With great thanks to God, we are excited to announce the totals of this year’s fundraising efforts. 

Students, teachers, and schools across Canada – together, you helped us raise $106,264 for students, teachers, and schools in Zambia. WOW! Thank you for your role in being the hands and feet of Jesus. For being brave and asking questions. For stepping up to make a tangible difference in the lives of so many people in Zambia.

Curious about what will happen because you smashed our goal out of the water? Msuzi Basic School in Zambia serves students with physical disabilities, and they are in desperate need of more space. Extra funds will be used to help fund new classrooms for these students, so they have room enough to learn.

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