Water Walk for Kenya
At Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), community service in the name of Jesus is infused into the heart of our curriculum. Students learn how small acts lead to bigger acts, eventually leading to a 40-hour Capstone project their Senior year.
One project that really brings that full circle is our Water Walk for H2O for Life, an organization that works with rural schools in developing countries to bring clean water and resources to enable children to continue their education and stay healthy. Our 6th graders took this on as their project this year, and researched the global water crisis to make informative videos and inspirational posters. In math class, they worked to demonstrate certain statistics concerning the water crisis. They planned and carried out two elementary school chapels.
On May 9, 2019, we held a Water Walk on the CAK Track to bring this message home as well as to fundraise for H2O for Life. Our 6th graders facilitated activities for the elementary school students. We had three stations:
- Art: Students decorated bookmarks that will be given to the children at Nasaruni Academy as gifts this summer.
- Walking: Students walked the track carrying water jugs, trying to make it 100 meters. In countries like Kenya, children sometimes walk about 60 times that amount to get to water!
- Games: The 6th graders facilitated two games including a sponge relay and an obstacle course.
Students also raised funds for H2O for Life by purchasing t-shirts to wear during the Water Walk and by doing chores to earn their own money to give back. CAK teachers tied this into their Bible lessons about giving back to others in need.
But it doesn't end there. Last year, CAK's Melissa Davenport began a mission trip to Kenya, and a second group will return this year. These high school students are interested in careers in the medical field, and will visit Tenwek Hospital to shadow doctors, observe surgeries, go out to rural medical clinics, and visit schools. Our mission team will visit Nasaruni Academy and bring the bookmarks our elementary kids created at the Water Walk and help dedicate the water projects that CAK is helping to provide through this fundraiser.
Good job, Warriors! You are helping to change the world!