Wells for Ariang’s children will enable them to attend school… There are 10,000 people living in Lang village, Sudan and surrounding villages. They are a three-hour walk from the nearest river and nearly a two-hour walk from the closest water pumps. Samuel Garang, one of the lost boys, who returned to his village during the rainy season, observed people drinking water directly from puddles on the ground—the same ground where, for lack of latrines, people use to defecate. He was alarmed to learn the rates at which people in his area are still dying of cholera, a preventable water-born disease. Hundreds of villagers, Samuel Garang was told, died of cholera in the past year alone. During the long, hot dry season, the cows and goats also become vulnerable and die—depriving the villagers’ of their chief source of income.
It soon became clear to Samuel Garang what he would do: he decided that he would raise money to build a system of water pumps, providing a source of clean water to his and neighboring villages. It costs $3,500 to drill one well. Samuel Garang is determined to raise enough money to drill 10 pumps by the time he next returns to Lang village in 2010. Samuel Garang and Gabriel Bol are working hand-in-hand to improve the health and education in Ariang and Lang villages.
Friday, January 29th 3:30-9:30 pm there will be a 6 hour fun filled afternoon of movement. The girls in Sudan walk 6 hours a day for water. Therefore we will exercise and move for 6 hours on Jan. 29th at the Outback, New Canaan, to raise money to build a well in their community of Sudan. This well will change the way their community operates forever, by allowing them to build bricks for the school with the local well water. Then every day after school they can get buckets of clean water for their families.
3:30-7:30 (4 hours) Different stations of movement. Visit as often as you like.
7:30-9:30 (2 hours) Dance-a-thon—Hip hop, free dance, line dances, freeze dance and much more. Bring your dancing feet.
Food & drinks for sale through the entire event. Bring some extra money for our bake sale, make your own buttons, whip cream eating contest , a wishing well and more. Great fun while all working for a worthwhile cause. $10 entry fee.
Jump roping, hula hoops, limbo, push-ups, TRX, balance boards, juggling,
long jump, high jump, ping pong, and much more…