Turning Loss To Gain
During the spring of 2012, three 5th grade students lost the privilege of recess after they created negative situations for others on the playground by chastising them for their clothes, shoes, or other factors beyond their control. In an effort to open these young boys’ minds regarding diversity, their principal introduced them to 20 Liters.
As they researched the water situation in Rwanda and 20 Liters, they were amazed to find out that people in this day and age had such difficulties. The sight of dirty water compared to filtered water shocked them. Their initial reaction was that they wouldn’t drink the water. However, when their teacher asked them to try not drinking ANY liquid for a day and explained that this meant they couldn’t drink soda, bottled sports drinks, milk, or anything, they were equally surprised. As a result of their new understandings they organized a coin drive for their elementary school. They spoke in each of the classrooms, explaining the situation in Rwanda, and leaving a 1-liter bottle of water as a symbol of why they need to help the child and people of Africa.
In one week, they raised $388.90. We’re so thankful for creative, dedicated educators and the students they guide. With a little creativity, a negative situation was turned into a positive learning opportunity that not only impacted 3 students’ lives, but changed the lives of 20 new people who will now have access to clean water.