A Peacemaking Project by Vanessa G. and Sue B.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Youth and adults will learn how in other countries, kids don’t have enough water, they may only have 1 gallon a day. Plus, to get that gallon, they must walk for at least one mile every day. While we use thousands of treated water per day in total, they use a gallon total and that gallon could be filled with germs and chemicals from inside the well. Then, to prove this point, they will then have the choice to either walk a mile while holding a gallon of water, or go through their daily life for a day while only using a gallon of water. Youth and adults will also learn how our water gets treated and how this differs from the water in other countries. They will see how much water we are wasting. These will happen by holding events hopefully at easy to reach places like parks and hopefully at some organizations as well.


Sue B.
24 May 2018 14:25

Hello Vanessa! I'm Sue Blythe, and I'll be your digital mentor. I live in Florida and I have a grandson about your age.
It makes me happy to see that you care deeply about people, especially those who do not have the conveniences we take for granted in this country. I want to support you in making a difference.
How did you get interested in water issues? What have you learned about the problems? I really appreciate your ideas about helping to raise awareness, and taking action in your own community.
What questions do you have at this point? I'll do what I can to help you find answers.
Hope to hear from you soon!

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 14:26

Hi Vanessa,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
29 March 2018 20:20

Hi Vanessa,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!


RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
6 March 2018 12:50

Hi Vanessa,
I wanted to check if you had any updates.

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
5 February 2018 11:40

Dear Vanessa. I wanted to check in to see how things are going? I'd love to help in any way!  

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
24 January 2018 19:54

Dear Vanessa. I have been assigned to be your mentor. I am really excited to support your work. I have worked in different Africa, Asia, and Oceania and I am hoping to be a useful resource for your work. I would love to learn more about some of the initial ideas that you have and ways in how I could help. I look forward to hearing from you!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
23 January 2018 16:53

It's scary how things we take for granted in the US are luxuries elsewhere. It can be shocking -- but it's a great way to educate!  

Vanessa G.
22 January 2018 17:51

I know right! It's insane! And on top of that, the water isn't even clean and can cause them illness.  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
22 January 2018 11:33

Hi Vanessa! Thanks for posting. This is such an important project. Sounds like you have some great ideas for how to educate people about this important issue. What do you hope people will do once they know more? Sometimes it is good to have a call-to-action at the end of an education session like this, like a pledge to sign, so people commit to an action moving forward.

We'd love to help! We can offer you funding and a mentor to plan your project. What can we help you with?  

Mikayla A.
20 January 2018 18:53

Oh My Gosh! That is insane they only get 1 gallon of water and they have to walk to get it!