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Girl Scouts to walk with water for Tanzania

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:54 p.m. CDT

The Sycamore Girl Scouts of the Double Tree Service Unit will participate in a Walk with Water event at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Lake. Girl Scout Troop 654, which is hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sycamore, is working with Tanzania Development Support to coordinate this event.

For the past several months the scouts have been studying the importance of water in daily life and its scarcity in some countries around the world. The studies included a demonstration by Teresa Wasonga, a professor in the Northern Illinois University Department of Education and a native of Kenya. Wasonga recalled her childhood experiences of walking long distances to find water and carry it home to her family.

She demonstrated how African girls and women carry the container of water on their heads, often while also carrying a baby strapped to their backs, a basket of food in one hand and guiding another small child with the other hand. After Wasonga’s presentation, the Girl Scouts practiced carrying water containers on their heads.

The Walk with Water event offers the girls the opportunity to experience walking with water like they do in Africa. It also will be a fundraising event for Tanzania Development Support, a nonprofit organization headquartered in DeKalb. TDS is seeking donations for the construction of a library/community resource center for children and residents in the village of Nyegina in Tanzania.

For more information or to participate, call Carly Flagg at 224-645-6893.

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