Kamiak fundraiser to help build wells in Africa

By Zoe Jovanovich | May 01, 2013
Courtesy of: Well Done Organization Residents of Jecko Town in Liberia, West Africa wave alongside a well built in 2011 thanks to a Kamiak High School fundraiser. Dine out on May 7 to donate.

Eat out on May 7 in Mukilteo and help build wells in Africa.

Kamiak High School will host the seventh annual Dine Out fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, to help build fresh-water wells in Liberia, West Africa.

Seven restaurants in Mukilteo will donate 20 percent of their profits earned to the local non-profit Well Done Organization.

“Dine Out is a fundraiser aimed to bring Kamiak High School, Well Done Organization, and the Mukilteo community together to help raise money to build wells in Liberia, West Africa,” said senior Julie Xia, who helped organize the event.

Well Done was founded in 2007 to help those in war-torn Liberia build wells so that they will have access to clean drinking water. It costs about $2,500 to build one well.

Millions in impoverished Liberia spend six hours a day fetching water that is often drawn from a stream, pond or hand-dug pit that is unclean and unsafe – yet they have no choice but to use it for drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning.

Because of this, disease runs rampant. Many get sick and die from the contaminated water.

“The impact that a clean and close to home fresh water source can have on a village in a developing country like Liberia is enormous,” said Xia, who is ASB vice president.

“By providing a nearer source of water, children can stay in schools and women can focus on other tasks in their community. The clean water from the wells that [Well Done] builds can drastically decrease the presence of water-borne diseases in a community.”

Dine Out is an annual fundraiser organized by Kamiak’s ASB and Leadership students. Through a partnership with Well Done, Kamiak has raised funds for six wells in Liberia in the last five years. The fifth well is scheduled to be built this year.

Kamiak is fundraising for a seventh well. After raising one a year for five years, the students now have a goal to raise two. The school already raised $2,500 for the sixth this year.

Last year, Dine Out raised around $2,000. This year, the goal is to raise at least $2,500.

“You could probably safely say that every year the proceeds from Dine Out finance the majority of one well,” Xia said. “Which is actually amazing, that the restaurant owners and goers of Mukilteo are giving that much to people in villages in Liberia.”

This year’s participating restaurants are:

 

Bite of New York

10100 Mukilteo Speedway

425-315-8125

 

A Burger Place

11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd.

425-493-0593

 

Golden House Chinese Cuisine

12030 Mukilteo Speedway

425-438-8833

 

John’s Grill

649 5th St. Ste. 101

425-347-1068

 

The Mukilteo Lodge

7928 Mukilteo Speedway

425-374-3333

 

The Chocolate Mill & Yogurt Shoppe

11706 Mukilteo Speedway

425-290-1000

 

Sabor A Mexico

8410 Mukilteo Speedway Ste. A

425-710-9094

 

It isn’t too late for other restaurants to sign up. Contact Stephen Shurtleff, Kamiak’s assistant principal, at 425-366-5421 to be part of Dine Out.

“I feel like Dine Out gives the Mukilteo community a glimpse of the incredible things that are constantly going on at Kamiak High School,” said ASB President and senior Joel Bervell.

“This night is exactly what being ‘Uknighted’ is about: creating a community where everyone supports one another and comes together for the benefit of a common cause.”

Want to donate directly? Mail a check to Kamiak High School, 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo, WA 98275, or drop it off in the main office.

For more on Well Done Organization, go to www.welldoneliberia.org.

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon. Information from the Beacon archives was used in this report.

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