Swampscott and Marblehead teens raise money for clean drinking water in Africa

SWAMPSCOTT– World Water Day splashed into the halls of Swampscott High School as a group of about a dozen students marched to raise money for Barka Foundation, a non-governmental organization that works to provide clean water Burkina Faso, Africa.
“We want to do everything we can to help.” All together, around $300 was raised, according to the school’s French club advisor and Interact club co-advisor, Melissa Albert.
It works closely with the Rotary Club of Swampscott, according to Albert.
The French club also got involved because French is one of the more than 60 languages spoken in Burkina Faso.
Students from Marblehead High School’s Interact and French organizations, including Bobbi Dynice, Gaby Rabinovich, and Emma Grazado, joined the Swampscott students Thursday.
“We were put into contact with Marblehead through Burka,” Albert said.
“We decided it would be cool to join forces.” Each of the Marblehead students carried a gallon of water on the walk in order to represent the hardships of some women in Burkina Faso who must walk around six kilometers to and from the nearest water source with buckets balanced on their heads.
“It’s good to get involved however we can,” Dynice said.
“This is a good learning experience for our students because it combines community and language,” Albert said.
“It’s about them becoming engaged global citizens.”

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