The Cheku Water Project started in 2007 at Queen Victoria School, a small inner-city elementary school on Vancouver’s east side. The entire school completed an extensive, school-wide, interdisciplinary study of water which taught the kids to be socially aware and compassionate. As a result of this process, the idea of raising funds to help build a well in Africa was born. Pen pals and a sister village relationship between the school community and the village of Cheku, Tanzania was established with the help of KONDOA CULTURAL TOURISM ENTERPRISE’S executive director, Moshi Changai. The small school community raised over $20,000.00 to dig a borehole and with a grant from CIDA were able to install a solar powered pump.
One of the many things that we did to create awareness and fundraise for the project was create school plays that helped the whole community understand what the kids were doing and learning through the arts.