We are delighted to share a blog written by Mohamed Alawi Al Breiki, a student at Applied Technology High School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
Our project is a nonprofit organization which collects donations through the donation boxes that we spread in our school, after collaborating with “The Red Crescent” and getting permission from the school itself. We aim to dig wells in the world’s driest areas.
We are also focused on spreading awareness on water issues around the world by giving facts and quotes through our social media accounts and hanging pieces of information around the school. We visited a couple of places to enlarge our project, including our visit to “Umm Al Emarat Park”in the Health and Fitness Fun Festival, where we had an interview with Dr. Habib Ghuloom where he talked about the importance of water in our lives.
We also expanded our project, by presenting it to the parents in the parents meeting, and in the school auditorium to all the students, where we also mention the significance of water. We also created a short film on YouTube, which is focused on a small boy called “Abdulla”, where he represents the state of most people in Pakistan, and that relates our profusion of water and their need of it.
Throughout this journey, we have learned a lot, including skills like teamwork, deep brainstorming and collaboration. We also gained a lot of information about water from the researches we ran, as we are the ones who are spreading the word, so we have to know the facts in that word ourselves.
We also learned that a small thing like one coin can make a change, after noticing that one coin from each person can make a big impact, like building wells, in our case. We also had in mind that no matter how difficult a mission is, that with hard work, dedication, and collaboration, we will accomplish that mission. I also learned a lot of things about myself that I didn’t even know, like the communication and leadership skills that I had.
Although we had a lot of benefits from this, we had to go through so many challenges to reach to these benefits, like getting the permission to run the campaign itself in the school, though we overcome that challenge by preparation, and as I mentioned, that anything can be accomplished through hard work and dedication.
The Next Chapter
In the near future, we are planning to do a couple of things to help improve our project and help others. We are planning to distribute water bottles to the poor in our country, as we await the building of the wells in the foreign countries in need.
We are also planning to run a friendly charity match, where the money that will be raised from that match will then be used to buy more water bottles, which will also be distributed to the poor.
Topping that off, we are also planning to visit more schools to raise more awareness on the water crisis around the world, and motivate other students to run projects similar to our project, and explaining to them what we had to go through to reach to this point.
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.