Amazing Kids Feature

Our donors contribute in ways large and small to enable our work. We are happy to shine a spotlight this month on Jameson D., a 15-year-old student from New York, for his efforts to support Water for South Sudan (WFSS).

Like thousands of students around the U.S. and the world, Jameson D., a 15-year-old from New York, learned about Salva and Water for South Sudan while reading A Long Walk to Water.  After reading the book at age 11, Jameson was thrilled to start fundraising. Using social media to advertise, visiting local businesses, and reaching out in his community for support, Jameson planned a Walk for Water and raised over $1,100. Shortly after the walk, he had the opportunity to meet Salva at the first annual Brunch to Benefit WFSS—the first of many special visits. After meeting Salva for the first time, Jameson said, “He was very awesome, very inspiring, and very tall!”

He didn’t stop there. Jameson has continued to support WFSS over the past three years and now volunteers with our Operations Manager, researching tools and tents for our field teams in South Sudan. While conducting his research on tents, Jameson decided to fundraise. Again, reaching out to the community and using social media, he was able to raise over $400 to cover the expense of 14 newtents for the drilling team to use during the 2019-20 season.

Jameson, Salva, Lion, and AJ (2019)

Jameson, Salva, Lion, and AJ (2019)

Though he makes it sound easy, Jameson had this advice for people interested in fundraising: “Find a cause you’re passionate about—something you really want to change in the world. Set a date, share it with your community, and put it out on social media. Instead of looking at the entire fundraiser or activity you’re planning, break it down by steps to get it done.” When talking to people in the community about his fundraising, Jameson said he talks about the book and shares the specific cause.

Not only does Jameson support WFSS, he also loves volunteering with the Challenger Baseball Program, Foodlink, and Salvation Army. Jameson’s mom Jessi had this to say about her son’s efforts: “I’m so proud of him and the way he wants to make a difference in the world.”

Though he’s not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, Jameson loves math and science. His favorite activities are video gaming and traveling. He’s already visited many U.S. states, Iceland, France, Germany, England, and the Netherlands.

We are so grateful to Jameson, his family, and his community for supporting WFSS and watering the seeds of change in South Sudan!

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