Strides for Africa’s “Global Students Program” Marches Forward
Strides for Africa continues its work with U.S. schools to help out schools with needs in rural Africa. During the shortened 2019/2020 school year, Strides for Africa worked with two schools: Middleton High School in Middleton, Wisconsin; and Sandburg Middle School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. The two schools each had their own approach to a unit on water. At Middleton HS, the fundraisers are led by the Middleton Interact Club. At Sandburg MS, they learned about the rigors of the water gathering process in rural Africa, and read Linda Sue Park’s book “A Long Walk to Water”.
The students then fundraised to help a school in need in rural Liberia. The school is named Kpairplay Inland School. Strides for Africa’s founder, Chris Jimieson visited the school in October 2019 and learned about their needs for a clean water source.
The process included questions from U.S. students that were responded to by Kpairplay students. Our goal is to Skype or video conference the students in the future, but first we need to overcome challenges of internet connectivity in Africa. We are hopeful this connection will become a reality sometime in the future.
The U.S. students accomplished their goal and co-funded the well at this school. It is our hope that students involved in our global students program engage in the opportunity to learn about the water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is to improve global equity by empowering the students to be global citizens.