Girl Scouts walk with water for Tanzania
SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Girl Scouts of the Double Tree Service Unit will participate in a Walk with Water event at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Sycamore Lake. Girl Scout Troop 654, which is hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sycamore, is working with Tanzania Development Support to coordinate this event.
For the past several months the scouts have been studying the importance of water in daily life and its scarcity in some countries around the world. The studies included a demonstration by Dr. Teresa Wasonga, a professor in the Northern Illinois University Department of Education and a native of Kenya. Wasonga recalled her childhood experiences of walking long distances to find water and carry it home to her family.
She demonstrated how African girls and women carry the container of water on their heads, often while also carrying a baby strapped to their backs, a basket of food in one hand and guiding another small child with the other hand. She described the perils they encounter, such as navigating barefoot on very rough terrain and warding off snakes in their path. She pointed out that many young girls are unable to attend school because fetching water for their family every day is more important. After Wasonga’s presentation, the Girl Scouts practiced carrying water containers on their heads.
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