International Water Day | Donor Spotlight

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine: you’re in your childhood home and you wake up on a Monday morning. Maybe your mom or dad is calling for you, or you’re walking down the hall, quickly pulling on clothes and rubbing the sleep out of your eyes. Instead of stopping at the bathroom to grab a drink or brush your teeth, however, you put on your shoes and begin a nearly two mile journey for water, where you will wait hours in line and hand carry gallons of the stuff back to your home.

This is an unimaginable reality for many of us, but one that students in Namasale, Uganda live everyday.

“Everyday our kids have to walk 1km to the nearest borehole from our school to fetch water for bathing, washing their clothes, brushing, cleaning their classrooms and their dormitories” according to co-founder, principal, and fearless leader Collines Angwech. “Water is a big challenge in the day to day operations of our school as students have to leave class early to go look for water.”

Zoi Johns (left) presenting her final check to our Executive Director, Jayme Ward. 

Zoi Johns (left) presenting her final check to our Executive Director, Jayme Ward. 

Because of this, Far Away Friends has a personal and vested interest in water conservation efforts and clean water projects. That’s why this International Water Day, we’d like to focus our donor spotlight on Zoi Johns, who plays a huge role in our efforts to provide clean water to our students at Global Leaders.

Zoi is a junior studying at Lakewood High School, president and founder of the LHS Rotary Club, and has been a Girl Scout for over eleven years. Through her partnership with the Evergreen Rotary Club, Zoi has raised $5000 for Far Away Friends, money that will provide three much needed water tanks at the school. For the students, this means no more leaving class early to walk miles for water. For the teachers, this means more time for instruction and less worrying about how students will eat and wash. For the community, it means safer and easier access to clean drinking water -- something students, parents, and teachers alike have expressed great need for.

While our focus at Global Leaders is quality education, our goal at Far Away Friends is to partner with communities in sustainable development. These go hand in hand; students cannot learn until they have clean water, good food, and a safe place to sleep. So on International Water Day, we thank Zoi -- and donors like you -- for leading us one step closer to clean, accessible drinking water for our students in Namasale.

One of the small water tanks we've installed at GLP. Zoi's three 10,000 gallon tanks will be installed on the other corners of the building and are much bigger! 

One of the small water tanks we've installed at GLP. Zoi's three 10,000 gallon tanks will be installed on the other corners of the building and are much bigger!