Our donors contribute in ways large and small to enable our work. We are happy to shine a spotlight this month on Emma B., a 13-year-old student from Florida, for her efforts to support Water for South Sudan (WFSS).
In 2017, Emma’s mom Kim found A Long Walk to Water at her local bookstore and decided to include it as part of Emma’s homeschooling curriculum. “From the moment she read the book she was inspired,” said Kim. As Emma prepared for entry into a geography fair, she was interested in learning more about South Sudan and access to water. She created a display board, flyers, pamphlets, and an authentic dish to share with fair attendees.
Soon after the fair, Emma would celebrate her birthday. In lieu of presents, she asked for money to support Water for South Sudan. Friends attending her party received favors centered around water: water bottles, H2O stickers, and pamphlets about WFSS. “It is difficult to fully describe all of the efforts Emma has put into educating her peers,” said Christina, a family friend. “My own son became aware of the work your organization does because of Emma’s determination to educate and fundraise.
Emma’s efforts didn’t end in 2017. She started her own Facebook page where she highlights her fundraising efforts, personal writing, and inspirational quotes. She continues to collect aluminum cans that she turns in for money to support WFSS. Emma’s advice to other kids interested in starting their own fundraiser, “Learn as much as you can about South Sudan, start a Facebook page and share the other book about Salva Just Add Water with younger readers. I tell people about WFSS and let them know I am collecting money to support the organization’s projects. I let them decide if they want to donate.”
Emma has several interests. She loves hiking, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, Legos and visiting museums. She performed the opening number for the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, both with Camp Broadway. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, “I’m not exactly sure because I love to do so many things.”
In addition to helping WFSS, Emma supports Shriners Children’s Hospital, Caps of Love, Matthew 25 Ministries and Students Rebuild. She volunteers for the Patel Conservatory, Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tents, UACDC, Shelburne Farms, and Golden Rainbow Ranch and Nature Center.
“With so much hardness in this world, it is a blessing to see my daughter along with others trying to make the world better for the future. She gives me hope for a better tomorrow,” said her mom Kim.
WFSS staff is happy to feature Emma as an Amazing Kid. We are proud to be a part of Emma’s many interests and look forward to working with her for many years to come. We thank Emma, her family and community for helping to impact lives in South Sudan.