Sunday: Woodside's Walk for Water

Woodside School has raised $140K for wells in Kenya

On Sunday, March 13, rain or shine, students from Woodside Elementary School will hold their seventh annual Walk for Water to raise money for drilling wells in the Samburu region of Kenya.

The students' goal is to raise $22,000. In previous years, the students raised a total of more than $140,000, enabling seven wells to be dug and marked with a plaque reading: "Woodside Wishing Well."

The money goes to the Samburu Project, which was started in 2005 by Kristen Kosinski after a visit to Kenya showed her how the daily struggle for water impacted the lives of the Samburu villagers.

"Women spend their entire day, every day of their lives, searching for water," she writes on the project's website. Instead of going to school, girls would help look for water, and villagers were sick and dying from waterborne diseases, she writes.

This year's walk and festivities will start at 1 p.m. on the school's kindergarten field. Participants, many in costumes, will walk quarter-mile laps around the school fields, with prizes offered for costumes, laps completed and largest family participation.

This year's Walk for Water is being managed and organized by a middle school community service class.

With the support of parent and Samburu Project board member Doretta Bonner and community service coordinator Sharon Lacrosse, a group of 17 middle school students is also working to create awareness about the importance of the project. The class put together a fundraising website and promoted the event in presentations, assemblies and in the community. has links to donate or register. has more information about the organization and its work.

Barbara Wood

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

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Very admirable for these Woodside children to raise money for the Kenyans' wells, but, why not, instead, donate your time and money to some cause here in your own country. God knows the United States could use help in lots of about focusing on the children in the ghettos? Or, the hungry? Or, the homeless? Or, the lack of affordable housing for seniors and others less well-off? Just sayin'

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Way to be a buzzkill, pearl.

This isn't a zero-sum game we're talking about. And by the way, what have YOU done to raise funds for the causes you mentioned? Anything? Anything at all?

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Posted by omg
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

That's alright..... when I first glanced at the title, I thought I read it as a Trump investigation in Kenya searching for birth certificates........

way to go, WES kids!

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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Stop the Trolls:

Though I don't talk about it, I support our local Second Harvest Food Bank, our local animal shelter, our local VA hospital library, a scholarship fund started by the family of one of our local troops KIA while deployed in Afghanistan, and have been sending care packages to our deployed troops since 2004. I also regularly write to our elected officials urging them to first focus their attention on people and problems here at home.

I have the same question for billionaires who support causes in third world countries instead of first supporting causes right here in the United States.

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Wonderful for you, pearl. So you actually walk the walk.

But your nativist tone is offputting. Aiding people overseas is just as worthy of recognition and praise as is aiding those in this country. People like you need to recognize that, once and for all.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

I'm going to be rather off-putting so here goes:

Supporting poor and afflicted people you'll never meet in far-flung lands in the Left's idealistic obsession as the Right is overly concerned with the plight of the Unborn. Both are causes that you can write an entire story around that have everything to do with core values and clear visions of what's right and wrong, but nothing to do with the face-to-face empathy with the people around you. Both are abstractions of an ideal, but both should be tempered by the real experience of helping and loving the stranger in our midsts, not the random face on TV.

So in a way, I'm with Pearl. We foster and tutor refugees from Congo here in Menlo Park, but not out of a wider 'internationalist' vision of how awful life is over there, but because we can look in the face of someone from outside the US trying to make their way through subsidized housing in San Jose and help them.

Help the person next to you and you'll help all of humanity.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

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As a Taxpayer's Advocate, it is refreshing to see charitable efforts which do not involve government funding. Voluntary giving is the key.

I will not soon forget the day St. Anthony de Padua Dining Room first dipped into the public trough when they were enticed to apply for a grant from the property tax funded Sequoia Healthcare District on who's Board I have served for 13 years. See:Web Link This link also mentions Second Harvest Food Bank as a recipient of property tax dollars from the Sequoia Healthcare District.

In 2011. St. Anthony's Donations page on it's website stated:
"Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver"(2 Cor.9:7)"
I urge all of you to do just that. Willingly.

I applaud pearl for doing that.

Woodside students, enjoy your walk!

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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

It's important that we support projects that speak to our hearts. What is totally out-of-line (Pearl) is to criticize someone else's giving. Americans are incredibly generous people and we need to be. We have more than almost everyone else. Who is to say one person's need should take priority over the needs of another. I have spent much time in Kenya. What is different about their poverty is that there are virtually no safety nets, such as Second Harvest and the other agencies mentioned. It is vital that we support them all!

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