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.



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


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)*
  • NEW THIS YEAR! SUPER SCHOOL AWARD: Skype call with Salva for school raising 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. 


74 Pledged IGC Schools for 2016-17 To Date

Lowell Middle School,  MI

Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center, MD

Maple Hill Middle School, NY

Mario Umana Academy, MA

Marlowe Middle School, IL

Marshall Pomeroy Elementary, CA

Middle School Of Piedmont, OK

Millbrook High School, NY

Mission Trail Middle School, KS

Monarch Learning Academy, FL

Newport Elementary School,  CA

Northwood Elementary School, NY

Oliver Middle School, NY

Osmond A. Church School,  NY

Pine View Middle Schoo, FL

Piqua Central Intermediate School,  OH

Plainfield Elementary School, IL

Prairie Grove Junior High, IL

Public School #2, NJ

Pumpkin Delight Elementary School  CT

Rupert A. Nock Middle School, MA

Shelton High School, CT

Sierra Expeditionary Learning, CA

Singapore American School, Singapore

South Toe Elementary School, NC

Sparta Lincoln School, IL

Spring Glen School, CT

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

St. Mary Catholic School,  WI

St. Joseph School, WA

Sullivan West High School, NY

Tanglewood Middle School, TX

Trinity Regional School,  NY

Veronica E. Connor Middle School, NY

Walker Elementary School, OR

Walter H. Crowley IS 5, NY

Achieve Charter School,  CA

Advent School, MA

Arizona School for the Arts,  AZ

Baldwin Heights Elementary, MI

Ballston Spa Middle School, NY

Barr-Reeve Community School, IN

Beekmantown Middle School, NY

Boston Latin Academy, MA

Brewster High School, NY

Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School, LA

Cedar Park Elementary School, MN

Columbia Intermediate School, OH

Crawford Middle School, KY

Crestview Elementary School, VA

Daniel Bagley Elementary, WA

Dover Elementary School, FL

Durant Middle School  IA

East Alton School, IL

East Irondequoit Middle School, NY

Eastern Heights Middle School,  OH

Elisabeth C. Adams Middle School, CT

Farmington Middle School, MO

Grant Ranch School, CO

Greece Athena Middle School, NY

Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter, PA

Harry E. Fry School, IL

Haw Creek Elementary, GA

Henry Puffer Elementary School, IL

Huntingburg Elementary School, IN

Iona Prep Lower School,  NY

I.S. 93 Ridgewood, NY

John J. Pershing Intermediate School, NY

Keith Valley Middle School,  PA

King Philip Middle School,  CT

Kingswood Oxford, NY

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.