Bay Village Schools to host 'Well-a-bration' party for Thirst Project

Seven hundred eighty five million. There are many little kids in school right now learning how to count to 10 or 100. To them 785 million is probably the largest number in the world. Meanwhile there are children who are not able to go to school because they have to walk tons of miles to collect dirty water that will make them sick.

There are 785 million people in the world without access to clean drinking water. In most communities, women and children walk all day long to collect dirty water. These children grow up with no education and the women do not have the time to get a job. These people get waterborne diseases from this dirty water which can cause them to get violently ill and possibly die. This cycle of life has been viciously attacking millions of people for years. The families and villages within Africa do not deserve to live this way. 

There are organizations, like the Thirst Project, that can make a difference. The Thirst Project is a student-led organization that was founded in Southern California in 2008. The Thirst Project connects with many different clubs and committees at high schools all around the world to raise money for freshwater wells in Southern Africa and work to end the global water crisis. To help those struggling due to not having access to clean or safe drinking water, the Bay High Key Club partnered with the Thirst Project. 

In the past six years Bay High has raised over $75,000 and fully funded five freshwater wells. This year our goal is to raise $12,000 to fully fund one freshwater well that will give a community fresh and safe drinking water for life! Since the beginning of the year we have been contacting sponsors, holding fundraisers, and getting the word out about our fundraising page. Over the past year our Thirst Project committee has connected with many local businesses for sponsorships, held fundraisers like pizza bake-offs and gift card sales.

During the week of May 12-May 19, we will have a fundraising opportunity and the class that raises the most money via our fundraising page for each grade within the Bay Village City School District will win a pizza party! We have set up fundraising pages for all of the QRPs/classes/homerooms for all the schools. 

In addition to the week-long fundraiser, we will finish off the week with having a Well-a-bration! On Friday, May 19, from 5-7 p.m., there will be three food trucks, games, activities, 3.75-mile walk, music, educational information about the Thirst Project, announcement of the pizza party winners, and updated announcement of how much money we raised. We want to celebrate with the community of Bay Village bringing fresh, clean water wells to others! 

Our goals this year are to raise $12,000 to provide a water well for safe, clean water for a community in the country of eSwatini in South Africa, bring awareness of the global water crisis and its impact on education, poverty, hunger, and health by engaging 800 community members to join the Walk for Water, empower youth to make a difference in the world, and develop leadership skills among the membership of the K Family.

Visit to help us reach our goals and provide fresh, clean water to communities in need!

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.16.2023