The 2016-2017 Iron Giraffe Challenge is on!
Join WFSS in the third year of the Challenge. Over 200 schools have participated
in the previous two Challenges and helped to raise over $300,000!

Iron Giraffe Challenge

Children around the world helping the children of South Sudan

Help Salva & WFSS raise funds toward a new drilling rig! 

Water for South Sudan drills water wells in South Sudan, the world's newest nation. As of May 2016, we have drilled 282 wells, serving hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. The difficulty of drilling wells in the remote villages of South Sudan is that in many places there are no roads – sometimes even dirt roads do not exist. This puts a tremendous strain on our vehicles, causing frequent breakdowns. Our drilling rig—the Iron Giraffe— is about eight years old and on its last legs. In order to continue our work, it is critical that we buy a new Iron Giraffe at a cost of about $500,000.

Pledge Sheets must be in by February 15, 2017 and all funds must be donated online or
postmarked by March 31, 2017 in order to be eligible for this year's Iron Giraffe Challenge prizes.

Winners will be announced on April 7, 2017.

2016-17 IGC Prizes

Salva Dut, WFSS Founder and Senior Advisor, has issued a new Iron Giraffe Challenge. Salva hopes that schools will help us get our new Iron Giraffe by each raising a minimum of $1,000 this year.  Each school that completes the challenge, raising at least $1,000 by March 31, 2017, will get one entry in the Iron Giraffe Challenge drawing for the following prizes:

  • First Prize: A visit to your school with Salva Dut*
  • Second Prizes: A 20-minute Skype call with Salva Dut (3 prizes awarded)*
  • Third Prizes: A 20-minute Skype call with Linda Sue Park (3 prizes awarded)*


Automatically win a Skype call with Salva for being the school that raises the most funds between August 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017!

*Visits and Skype calls subject to Salva Dut and Linda Sue Park's availability which will require flexibility given Salva's South Sudan location and Linda Sue's schedule. We will make every effort to provide a Skype call if an in-person visit is not possible. Each school will be eligible for only one visit or Skype call with Salva. 

Watch Salva's TEDx Talk, "I Kept Walking" with your students today.

141 Pledged IGC Schools for 2016-17 To Date

Lowell Middle School,  MI

Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center, MD

Lusher Charter School, LA

Manchester-Essex Middle School, MA

Maple Hill Middle School, NY

Mario Umana Academy, MA

Marlowe Middle School, IL

Marshall Pomeroy Elementary, CA

Mary Helen Guest School, MI

Medina Middle School, TN

Millbrook High School, NY

Mission Trail Middle School, KS

Monarch Learning Academy, FL

Monroe Middle School, CA

Newport Elementary School, CA

Nisley Elementary School, CO

Northwood Elementary School, NY

Oak Hill School, TN

Obsidian Middle School, OR

Osmond A. Church School,  NY

Piedmont Middle School, OK

Pine Lake Preparatory School, NC

Pine View Middle School, FL

Piqua Central Intermediate School,  OH

Plainfield Elementary School, IL

Plymouth South Middle School, MA

Prairie Grove Junior High, IL

Public School #2, NJ

Pumpkin Delight Elementary School, CT

Ridgway Middle School, NJ

Rocky Mountain Middle School, UT

Rolling Hills Middle School, CA

Roy Cloud Elementary School, CA

Rupert A. Nock Middle School, MA

Rutland Town School, VT

Sandwich STEM Academy, MA

Schalmont Middle School, NY

Seth Low I.S. 96, NY

Shelton High School, CT

Sherwood Elementary School, OH

Sierra Expeditionary Learning, CA

Signal Knob Middle School, VA

Simon Baruch Middle School, NY

Singapore American School, Singapore

Sippican School, MA

South Caroll High School, MD

South Hall Middle School, GA

South Toe Elementary School, NC

Sparta Lincoln School, IL

Spring Glen School, CT

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

St. Joseph School, WA

St. Mary Catholic School,  WI

Stewart County Middle School, TN

Sullivan West High School, NY

The Swift School, GA

Tanglewood Middle School, TX

Totten I.S. 34, NY

Trinity Regional School,  NY

Uwharrie Charter Academy, NC

Valle Crucis School, NC

Veronica E. Connor Middle School, NY

Visitation Academy, NY

Western Sky Middle School, AZ

Walker Elementary School, OR

Walter H. Crowley IS 5, NY

Wicomico Middle School, MD

Williams Middle School, MA

Woodland Elementary School, IL

Woodland Middle School, NY

Academy for Discovery of Lakewood, VA

Achieve Charter School,  CA

Adrien Block I.S. 25, NY

A.D. Oliver Middle School, NY

Advent School, MA

Amana Academy, GA

American International School, Accra, Ghana

Amity Middle School Orange, CT

Arizona School for the Arts,  AZ

Avondale Middle School, MI

Babler Elementary School, MO

Baldwin Heights Elementary, MI

Ballston Spa Middle School, NY

Banded Peak School, Alberta, CA

Barr-Reeve Community School, IN

Beekmantown Middle School, NY

Birch Wathen Lenox School, NY

Boston Latin Academy, MA

Brandon Middle School, VA

Brewster High School, NY

Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School, LA

Cape St. Claire Elementary School, MD

Cedar Park Elementary School, MN

Centennial Middle School, MN

Choteau Junior High, MT

Clarke Middle School, NY

Columbia Intermediate School, OH

Crawford Middle School, KY

Crestview Elementary School, VA

Crofton Elemetary School, MD

Dakota Elementary School, IL

Daniel Bagley Elementary, WA

Dover Elementary School, FL

Durant Middle School  IA

East Alton School, IL

East Grand Rapids Middle School, MI

East Irondequoit Middle School, NY

Eastern Heights Middle School,  OH

Edgewood School, WI

Electa Arcotte Lee Magnet Middle School, FL

Elisabeth C. Adams Middle School, CT

Farmington Middle School, MO

First Baptist Church Grand Jct., CO

Franconia Elementary School, VA

Franklin Township School, NJ

Fulton Middle School, MO

Gainesville Middle School, GA

Good Hope Middle School, PA

Grant Ranch School, CO

Greece Athena Middle School, NY

Greenfield Middle School, MA

Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter, PA

Harry E. Fry School, IL

Havelock North Intermediate School, New Zealand

Haw Creek Elementary, GA

Henry Puffer Elementary School, IL

High Tech Middle Chula Vista School, CA

Hingham Middle School, MA

Hornsby Middle School, VA

Huntingburg Elementary School, IN

Iona Prep Lower School,  NY

I.S. 93 Ridgewood, NY

J.H. Williams Middle School, VA

John J. Pershing Intermediate School, NY

Keene Middle School, NH

Keith Valley Middle School,  PA

King Philip Middle School,  CT

Kingswood Oxford, NY

Le Jardin Academy, HI

Longleaf Middle School,  SC

Los Osos Middle School, CA

Loveland Intermediate School, OH

Check out last year's IGC First Prize and Super Challenge Winners!

Learn more about previous Iron Giraffe Challenges and participating schools.