World Water Day
March 22, 2016
Dear United Nations Environmental and Development Committee:
My name is Lucia Doty, I am 13 years old in 7th grade at Saint Hilary School, Tiburon, California.
In celebration of World Water Day, we at Pencils for Africa would like to bring attention to the need of water for both the villagers and the animals in the Samburu region of Kenya.
Our middle school program would like to create a Drought Application to help identify where water is located which will help the Samburu and the neighboring tribes, during times of drought, to identify the areas in need which will help the water agencies distribute water more efficiently.
Four years ago, I became involved in a Global Leadership Program at Saint Hilary School called Pencils for Africa (http://pencilsforafrica.com/).
I came into the program not knowing very much about Africa and the many cultures that make up the 54 country states in the very large and diverse continent of Africa.
Over these four years, we have spoken to many different people who are either African or global individuals working in Africa, making a difference for children getting an education.
In our last Skype call with one of our friends James Lekadaa, who is a Samburu tribesman, James told us about the drought in his area and how it is affecting the village and the wildlife.
Mr. Ajania, who is the Director of our program and from Kenya helped us understand the concerns that James and his tribe were having about the drought situation in their area. The main concerns are the need for enough water for the villagers and to keep the wildlife safe and flourishing.
From information that we received from James, and from our wanting to help people like James who are part of our global community and family, it became apparent to our team that what James and his village needed was a Drought Technology Application. This technology application will help them pinpoint the areas in the Samburu where there is the most need for water delivery.
Our hope is that with the use of this application we might transform the way the Samburu and the neighboring tribes live, as well as help the animals in their areas in times of drought.
As you have said in your statement, World Water Day …
“… is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.”
The work and livelihood of James and of the Samburu tribe is dependent upon water as they are a traditionally pastoral and nomadic Kenyan tribe who graze cattle, sheep and goats.
The Drought Application our team is working on, will help James identify the areas in need of water so that the Samburu will then be able to contact the water agencies in times of drought.
The work of our team on this Drought Technology Application (http://www.samburuapp.com/about/) is our way of participating in this United Nations world community initiative of World Water Day.
Thank you for your focus on this very important issue.
Editor at Pencils for Africa
St. Hilary School