BENEFITING: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN
Out of all of the terrific books I have read throughout my life, A Long Walk to Water is probably the most inspiring one yet. So motivating that my class and I wrote essays on it. You may find the story of Salva interesting, sad or stimulating. For me, stimulating is the right way to go.
A recent visitation to Salva's web page drew my eyes to a section called The H2O Challenge. After more investigation I learned that the challenge was about drinking only water for two weeks, and donating the money you would have spent on other liquids to Salva's organization, Water for South Sudan. I have now finished this challenge and donated the amount of money I would have spent on liquids for the past two weeks ($20). I hope that my action will motivate you to also take part in the H2O Challenge and donate to Salva's non-profitable organization.
To learn more about this organization visit: http://www.waterforsouthsudan.org
If you are interested, here is the essay I wrote in my 5th grade class:
In class we read a book called A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. It was about a boy named Salva who had a rough life in Sudan. He probably had strong feelings when he came to the US. Also, I would face a handful of problems if I lived in Africa. As you will find out, A Long Walk to Water is a truly amazing book!
Throughout the years 1985 to 2009, Southern Sudan was a deathtrap. Luckily, Salva Maiuen Dut Ariik lived through the loneliness and despair. A religious and dangerous war raged through all of Sudan making that period of time full of hardships and losses. First of all, Salva was separated from his family at the age of 11! From there he traveled with his uncle to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, but sadly, along the way, his uncle was assassinated. Salva’s limited time with his uncle taught him to put one foot in front of the other and to never give up. After staying at the refugee camp in Ethiopia for about six years, Salva was chased out of Ethiopia, into Sudan, and then traveled to Kenya. What a tough life so far! In Kenya, Salva spent time at two different refugee camps until escorted to the US. While in the United States of America, Salva was enjoying his new family until the exciting news came. Salva’s father was alive! Salva visited his father then came back to the US to start a brand new organization. The organization’s purpose would be to dig wells and supply clean water to villages in Sudan. This successful group is still up and running today! The solution for this story is Salva grows up and becomes an honorable man. Even a majority of his family survived the war!
Salva definitely experienced some mixed feelings when he started his epic journey in the United States of America. First, some worrying and doubtful thoughts must have been racing through his mind. Would my new family want me? Will others make fun of me for all this clothing? Secondly, I can imagine Salva Maiuen Dut Ariik containing a reasonable amount of homesickness. He had a lot to miss: his father, mother, and siblings. I know if I was in Salva’s shoes I would feel as sick as a dog. Finally, when all bad thoughts are put away, Salva had to have felt a little safe. Who wouldn’t feel secure when they escaped a giant war? After all, Salva obtained a new family with new parents and new siblings! Salva finally had the chance to start over and acquire a fresh life! If you put your mind to it, you can realize that Salva experienced a few common feelings when he arrived in the United States of America.
If I lived in Africa it would be very difficult. My constant worry would be the pounding weather. My body isn’t used to that devastating heat! After a while, I would be a shriveled raisin lying on the ground. Another hardship would be the miniscule amounts of water. If a human doesn’t have access to water in about forty-eight hours, they could die! As said in A Long Walk to Water, throughout Africa, water isn’t unlimited. For instance, imagine a natural resource like wood. Eventually, after cutting a number of trees down, our wood supply will run out. If thirst is a problem starvation must be too. When Salva made his long walks and when he was in refugee camps, Salva was nearly always hungry. For example, even when his group found a beehive (honeycomb), there was only enough for one bite per person! As you can clearly see, if my life was imported to Africa, I would have to deal with many harsh problems.
I hope you now understand how hard life was on Salva Dut. The feelings he faced in the USA and the thoughts running through my mind if I lived in Africa are all similar and common. I believe that the book A Long Walk to Water is a masterpiece and is worth every second you spend reading it.