YOUTH

The spark and the passion come from our youth groups

We learned early on that a powerful way to build awareness for issues of water and education was to engage the youth in the United States, in the communities we lived in. Since the beginning we found a great ally in groups of high school students motivated to make a difference.

In fact, the whole idea of Walking for Water came from a 14 year old who saw a direct way for people to understand what it means to walk everyday for something so essential as fresh water. Through the work of our Board Member Susan Hough, we continue to tap into the high school communities in Virginia and California to move forward the grassroot fundraising initiatives that support the work of the organization.

Each year the students we collaborate with shape the tone and themes of the fundraising event. To do this they have to engage with their community, asking for donations and sponsors. They have the opportunity to share their concerns for the world around us and find ways to speak to their beliefs.

They are definitely a force of nature!

EAST COAST

This is where it all began, with a student from Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Kristen Wood had one direct thought – what if we walked for water? What if we walked to raise awareness and funds to make a difference? That idea led to an event that has raised money for over 20 wells. Today we still engage the same core schools, and those students are just as passionate.

WEST COAST

Although formed more recently, the group of high school students from Laguna Beach, California have wasted little time in building a successful Walking for Water event over the last few years. They also work hard to engage community businesses in donating goods and services, many of which are offered in the large silent auction held alongside the walk itself. Their innovation is an inspiration.

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING AND GROWTH

 

WE ENGAGE YOUTH TO GIVE CARE TO THE WORLD AROUND THEM

 The youth are our future. It is an overly used phrase, but worth repeating. We can engage them and encourage their voices to sound out the concerns they have, or we can ignore that voice. Our Founder, Sobonfu Somé, understood the value of listening to this vital resource and finding inspiration. There is much we need to hear and learn from this important group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY GUIDES

Key to all the work we do with high school students in every community is the incredible work and mentorship of parents, teachers and local business owners. They are the ones working out problems and encouraging the students to resolve challenges and inspire others. We are deeply grateful for this group of adults who go beyond the call of duty and help make these events a success.

Thank you from Dupgued Chophelling Monastery for our help creating a well near Nagpur, India

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How To Get Involved!

Can I create an event IN my school?

You sure can! Someone from Wisdom Spring will work with you to figure out the feasibility of a project and walk you through some core questions. Feel free to contact us for ways to do this.

DO I HAVE TO DO A WALK?

Not necessarily. There are many ways to create a fundraising event. Kids have created art auctions, made and sold special items like hats and tee-shirts, or created online campaigns. Part of the process is working to brainstorm with you to encouage your own creativity.

DO YOU TRAVEL TO THE COUNTRIES YOU SUPPORT?

Yes. Generally at least once a year we go to the communities we support to see what is happening on the ground. Because we are a small organization, we do not have staff stationed in those countries. We rely on local partners to help oversee projects and make sure the work is being done as promised.

Are You A Religious Organization?

No. Our founder Sobonfu Somé was a spiritual teacher who spent many years teaching about ritual and community building in the West. However, in the creation of this organization she wanted to make sure the focus was on being of service and telling the stories from her community and any others we might work with. We do not push any agenda or require communities to adopt any doctrine.

Can I travel to the communities you support?

Although we are working on ways to bring the youth groups we work with to the countries we serve, we generally do not because of cost and safety. It is good to be inspired, and at the same time essential to make sure that you have proper support and connections to a community you travel to. We are open to talking more if organizing a trip is important for your group.

DO People Really Walk That Far for Water?

YES!!!! We have walked some of those paths with the children and women who must walk every day — sometimes several miles each way — just to bring home a container of water. It is not something made up, but is in fact a hard reality for many in the world.