Dear, Patagonia**My name is Mia Thurman, and I am a part of Lincoln Middle School in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kids just like me that live across the world do not have access to clean, safe water. Many of those kids also don’t have access to education. By myself, I may not be able to make a huge difference. But with your help and donations, a change can be made. That is why I am writing to you, because my grade and I believe there is hope for these families. ***The book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on the story of Salva Dut. Salva walked from Southern Sudan to Kenya, a journey of over *,*** miles. He was attempting to escape the civil war going on back in Sudan, but he ended up inspiring thousands of people worldwide. During his walk, he had little to no food or water. He was close to death, but he had so much determination to keep pushing. Salva eventually left his refugee camps and made it to America for a fresh start. He didn’t know any English, and he had no experience with many modern-day transportation and cities. By some sort of miracle, Salva was able to find his father back in Sudan, dying. His father was sick from the bacteria-infected water and close to death. He had lived off of this parasite water for all his life and it ended up slowly killing him. This struck inspiration in Salva’s heart and it lead him to create his organization, Water for South Sudan. WFSS is an organization designed to build wells and schools for Southern Sudanese villages. Their claim and the main goal is to change lives for hundreds, even thousands of lives across Sudan. WFSS is not only for a great cause, but the organizations itself is also financially steady. Their overall score in financial, accountability, and transparency is **.****** score. am asking for a donation to Water for South Sudan in hopes that their organization will help many more lives. Only a few years ago, there was little to no hope for these villages of Sudan. But now, with the help of you, these families will grow happier and healthier!***Whole villages are being wiped out by the sickening water, and Salva’s story is a prime example of the problem. When Salva finally reached his father in his home country of Sudan, his father was close to death. He was dying from the parasite and bacteria intake from the water. We can prevent so many more people from dying if we can come together and donate to Water for South Sudan. And believe it or not, that’s not the only problem. Women and girls have to walk miles for water each day, and they don’t get the chance to go to school. One of WFSS’s goals is to build schools for the villages. After the wells have been built, girls have time for their education. They don’t need to walk for water anymore. Part of WFSS’s funds goes to building schools, from now on so many more children will be educated. Who knows, we might be educating the next Einstein! ******* people in South Sudan have access to sanitation. To put those numbers into perspective, about **.* million people live in South Sudan. That’s about *.** million who have access to basic sanitation methods. **.** million people are left struggling with the little water they have. Even then, the water is still dirty and ill. Out of those **.** million, how many of them will die? How many of them won’t get the chance to raise children, go to school, and have another shot at happiness? I’ve read about so many lives being positively impacted by access to safe water. Seeing a whole organization dedicated to providing water for those in need is so inspiring. It’s important to support funds like this because, without them, society would be nowhere. We need to support one another and no effort too small will go unnoticed. Together, we can show the people of South Sudan that they will walk alone no more. Here’s another startling fact about South Sudan’s water problem* **% of children will not live past the age of * years old. **% of children are dying because they don’t have a basic human need, water. We need to step in and put a stop to this so these children will have a chance. The life expectancy for a woman is ** years of age, for a man, ** years. We think of those ages as middle-aged, but for Sudan, that age range is close to death. So many families will never have the chance to grow together, and I want to give these families a chance. ***I am asking for a donation to the Water for South Sudan organization. To donate to Lincoln Middle School you can go to this link: https:**www.classy.org*team******. It would be ideal to donate before the end of the ****-**** school year, but Lincoln Middle School will keep fundraising open until August **th. I do hope you consider my request, as it would be helping greatly! Thank you for taking the time to read my letter! *Sincerely,*Mia Thurman
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