Local fifth-graders hold yard sale fundraiser May 10 to help the needy in Africa's newest nation

Imagine you got a call from the hospital informing you that one of your loved ones has a good chance of dying just because of the contaminated water that your loved one drinks. This is happening in South Sudan, Africa the poorest and newest country in the world. by: MARGOT HACKMAN - Lincoln Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Marina Thomer, Kaden Christiansen and Josiah Peterson hold up the book 'A Long Walk to Water,' which was read in class and inspired them to raise money for the malnourished people living in South Sudan. The trio's class is hosting a yard sale May 10 to raise funds for Water for South Sudan from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the school, located at 1041 N. Boones Ferry Road in Woodburn.

There was a civil war in Sudan. Many people were suffering and dying including children. At the end of the civil war, Sudan was divided into two countries: Sudan and South Sudan. South Sudan is the newest country in the world. And even though the war has ended, adults and children are still dying and suffering from starvation, dehydration and many other diseases caused by drinking contaminated water. Women and girls have to walk many miles to get water that isn’t very clean, it’s contaminated. It’s so hot and dry there that it is so rare to find a pond, stream or even a puddle and people can’t do much about it. That is why there are organizations to help countries like South Sudan.

One such organization, Water for South Sudan, drills wells so the people there don’t have to walk many miles to get water—and the water is clean! Water for South Sudan was founded by a great man named Salva Dut. We learned about him in a book based on his life called “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. We learned about how Salva survived the war that went on for so many years. He thought his family was dead until he found out his dad was in a hospital from drinking too much contaminated water and he had to have stomach surgery. We were inspired to help Salva and Water for South Sudan so we are having a yard sale!

You can help too, by coming to our yard sale on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Lincoln Elementary, 1041 N. Boones Ferry Road. There will be toys, clothes, crafts, furniture and much more. We hope this article persuaded you to come to our yard sale so you can find things you need at a low price and help us raise money for Water for South Sudan. Spread the news! Thank you for your time.

For more information on Water for South Sudan, visit:

Kaden Christiansen, Josiah Peterson and Marina Thomer are fifth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School.

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