May 8, 2017
Post Elementary School fifth-grade student Allison Swann helped raise $10,000 to fund a clean water system in the South Sudan through her HORIZONS gifted and talented project.
May 8, 2017—Post Elementary School fifth-grade student Allison Swann went beyond research for her 2016-2017 HORIZONS project on dirty water in South Sudan. Her labor of love transformed into a fundraising effort that resulted in a clean water system for a South Sudanese village.
Swann hypothesized that dirty water is making people sick and causing death in South Sudan, a nation with about 12 million people—90 percent of whom live in mud huts.
“I care about South Sudan because my parents used to live there,” Swann described in her project presentation. “I have traveled there. The South Sudanese are people just like us.”
Swann’s research revealed that more than 40 percent of South Sudanese have no access to clean drinking water, impacting approximately 5 million residents. She found that when a water well is installed in a village, its residents no longer have to walk 4-6 hours per day to obtain water.
“The South Sudanese are suffering so much,” she said. “Imagine if this were you or me and someone we know. How would you feel? It means the world to help them when we help fund a well. That’s why I worked to provide a well.”
Working through the nonprofit organization Every Village, Swann wrote emails and cards and made videos that her parents posted for family, friends and church members. A total of 67 donors contributed to her Every Village fundraising page, generating the $10,000 necessary to build a new well in a South Sudanese village.
“I am really happy I was able to fund a well for South Sudan,” Swann said. “It was only possible because of 67 people who donated so much, most of them from my church. I can’t wait to go back to the South Sudan and see their happy faces.”