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Sunny Hills Brings Clean Water to Ethiopia

Posted by User Not Found on 21 January, 2016

Throughout the year, Sunny Hills Elementary School has partnered with SPLASH and community member Dr. Ron Sherman to raise over $13,000 for two water filtration systems for their sister school in Birwahi, Ethiopia. Funds were collected online and Sunny Hills volunteers hosted two days for families to send in donations to the school.

SPLASH is a social justice organization that works to provide safe drinking water to urban areas in developing countries. After a Sunny Hills family adopted two children from Ethiopia they looked for more ways to get involved and help their adoptive children’s native country. Through their research they learned of SPLASH and their efforts to provide safe drinking water. After learning more about SPLASH at a previous fundraiser hosted by Cougar Ridge Elementary School Dean of Students Sharon Roy, they proposed the clean water fundraiser to Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman.

Leslie shared, “This has been such a wonderful fundraiser for Sunny Hills. Last year, Elementary School Dean of Students Sharon Roy had SPLASH come out to Cougar Ridge. She shared with us the powerful message they brought to students and we felt this was a wonderful cause to support because of their work around clean water ties into our Green Team efforts.”

Sunny Hills hosted a school-wide assembly in September to share their fundraising goal with students. Along with online fundraising for SPLASH, Dr. Ron Sherman of First Impressions Dental Care of Issaquah and Sammamish contacted Leslie about donating to Sunny Hills. Dr. Sherman decided to contribute to the SPLASH clean water fundraiser by donating $50 for every home run hit by the Seattle Mariners.