Students raise thousands for wells in Africa

Students Naomi and Akira sell cupcakes to help raise money for the wells projects in Sierra Leone.

Sir John A. Cumber Primary School students raised more than US$6,000 to go toward the completion of two water wells at schools in Sierra Leone, Africa.

This is the fourth year the school has been involved with the project.

​The Reception students had been learning about the importance of water before deciding to embark on the fundraising initiative.

“As the children developed their lines of inquiry, they quickly came to realize that not all people in the world have access to clean water and that in fact, many people, including very young children, die every day from diseases caused by drinking dirty water,” the school said in a press release.

“Our children were very saddened to learn this and so we thought about ways to help make things better for the people we saw, and many others like them. Some children eagerly suggested sending bottles of clean water to the people in Africa. One suggested tying bottles to a kite with a very long cord and flying them over to Africa.”

With a goal of raising US$2,000 for World Hope International, they embarked upon a bake sale and walk-a-thon, coming home with more than US$6,000.

To date, the school has helped to complete five water wells, impacting the lives of 3,107 people in communities and schools in Sierra Leone and Mozambique.

“Our students have learned a valuable lesson of service to others, and what it means to be internationally minded, reaching out to others in need and trying to make a difference in their lives,” the school stated.

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  1. Children, especially so young as on the photo, should not be participating in any fundraisers. Let them be children and play outside in the sun, instead of “selling” the goods. Manipulating child’s emotions with the horror stories of “starving” children in Africa is cruel, to say the least. Child’s psyche is not formed yet at this tender age.

    It should be mandatory for grownups to watch “Poverty, Inc.” documentary. There is a segment on water problem in Africa, watch it. After that, proceed with donation if you wish, but leave children alone.
    “It comes from the good heart, but it doesn’t work. ..No one wants to be a beggar for life”( from the documentary).

    Before throwing rocks at me, watch the documentary, then comment.

  2. When should a child start learning ? When should a child learn to be compassionate/ appreciative ? I think that time should be when they starts to learn everything else .
    Ms Bell in our yard we can some time find a seedling growing , is it easier to remove it as a seedling before it grow roots , or after it become a tree ? Same scenario can be used in children development that it’s easier to do from very young age .

    I think that it’s good that our fortunate kids be involved with helping give and share with the more unfortunate kids . I applaud them for being involved, and their good parents for letting them get involved .

  3. Could this be part of the problem in some kids today . They are not thought all the good values and moral to life from a very young age , but gets too must time to play in the sun and learn the wrong things .

    When I was a kid growing up my parents thought me and all the other siblings all the good values and moral , made sure we did our school homework , then we got the opportunity to go out and play , but our play time was a lot different from today .
    We used our playtime constructively making our own toys so that we have them to play with the next day, the kids don’t do that today .

    All of the Islands cultural and values are being lost and forgotten . Could this be the reasons why there’s so much corruption and crime going on today .

  4. Now Cayman Compass , here’s some that we should be concerned about. Here we have two different comments that pretains to our children ability to grow up as good Citizens , and all the honest attention that the article and comments has got is very minimal accordingly to the up and down buttons .
    But when there’s a certain Immigration article writing and posted the thumbs buttons goes wild .
    What would happen if there was a online survey done on certain issue . How would we get a true consensus of the survey to truly benefit ?

  5. All children are born innocent and pure until grownups start screwing their minds, frankly believing they know better and have something to teach them. They are not.
    It is children who should teach us. But it is engraved in our minds that “we know better”, but look around, do we?

    Sierra Leoneans collect most of their drinking water from polluted sources. Who pollutes the water? Who is unable (unwilling) to fix the problem? Why wells are unprotected? Who uses chemicals used during agriculture that pollute surface waters? Mining has caused land degradation and water pollution. Deforestation by mining has depleted water resources, as well as slash-and-burn farming, urbanization, and infrastructure building. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
    Certainly not the children of the Cayman Islands. So making them feel bad because there is so many man created tragedies on the planet is unwise, to say the least.

    Did you watch The Swiss film “Bottled Life” and or “Poverty, Inc.” .
    We have nothing to debate about until we are on the same page. The information is always available to the inquiring mind.

  6. Ms. Bell,
    I am not disputing the facts that the wells and everything else oversea might not 100 percent . I am disputing what you said about the kids and the age at which they should learn to be good Citizens and learn values of life .

    • And why do you assume that kids are not good citizens already? They haven’t gone so far from being good over bogus flawed principles that have been spoon-fed to them for a longer period of time.
      They might not know there are starving kids in Africa or starving senior citizens in the Cayman Islands, but that doesn’t mean they need to be taught some sort of lesson about it.

      So here’re the”wise adults” who believe they need to teach little children some values, who in turn, got themselves and everything else on this planet into such a mess, that little children in the Cayman Islands have to sell cupcakes to help grown-ups to get out of this self-created mess. Don’t you think that something is seriously wrong with this picture?

      And after you watch the Poverty Inc. documentary (the main point of my first comment) you’d realize that while these little children being taught some”valuable” lessons, local economies are being screwed up by their good hearted donations.
      ” Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex – the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper?”

      So lets turn our focus from little kids who are good-hearted and compassionate from birth to the question: Are we really helping anyone by giving money? There is a hidden side of being good.

  7. If we believe that we are wise to teach our kids….

    “….. we need to look back in time for a minute and take a comparative look at our planet at 1950…you would be able to spot some of the industrial clambering of the Golden Age of Capitalism in the West and some of the stilted attempts at the Great Leap Forward in the East. Lasers, bar codes, contraceptives, hydrogen bombs, semiconductor chips, credit cards, synthesizers, superglue, Barbie dolls, pharmaceuticals, factory farming, and distortion pedals for electric guitars would just be coming into existence on the surface of our planet. All this happened in the last 63 years…..
    All of these things were the fore bearer of the massive increase in the use of fossil fuels used to create electric power to electrify the surface of the tectonic plates of continents of earth. There would be 66 percent fewer humans on the planet than there are now. Over a million different species of plants and animals living in 1950, would exist, that have since gone extinct in those 63 years. There would be 90 percent more fish in the oceans, a billion less tons of plastic in our garbage dumps, and 40 percent more phytoplankton in our oceans. There would be 200 percent as many trees covering the land and about three times more drinking water available from ancient aquifers planet wide. There would be about 80 percent more ice covering the northern pole during the summer season and 30 percent less carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. The earth’s magnetosphere would still be relatively stable, as it was for the last 4000 years. None of these conditions currently exist any longer on this planet. Why should you care today in 2013? Well, begin by looking at the incidence and prevalence of of neolithic diseases since the same time. You will notice a distinct coupling.”
    (Energy and Epigenetics 4: Light, Water, Magnetism BY JACK KRUSE )

    Do you still believe that we have something to teach our kids about?

  8. Sorry l Bell I have to agree with Ron here.

    It doesn’t matter who caused the problem. It is good for children to know there are others in the world who really suffer, not just not having the latest smart phone.

    You can be sure that when my own young grandchildren visit this December my wife will be taking them with her on her round delivering meals to seniors for Meals on Wheels. We want them to learn how lucky they are to have enough food to eat and never go hungry.

    As the saying goes, “I was sad because I had not shoes. Till I met the man with no feet.”

  9. I agree with Norman Linton. Does it really matter who or what caused the problem in the first place? The fact is that the schools in Africa needed water wells and the Primary school children responded to the need to help doing their part. These children should be applauded and commended for their efforts. And, at the same time they are being taught what it means to be compassionate and caring by reaching out to others when the need arises. How about acts of nature, which no one has any control over. Are we going to say, Ah well, nature did it, hence ignore the needs and sufferings of those affected and forbid children getting involved. (Remember “Ivan?”). Wouldn’t it be nice to know some caring school children did a fund raiser to contribute to needs of others and applaud them? It’s the thoughtfulness and concern that really matters. Isn’t it?

  10. This is a wonderful story! Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents at Sir John A Cumber. Water and Sanitation is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary – perhaps we can partner and support you in your efforts.