While living in the UAE offers unparalleled comfort and privilege, concerns may arise for parents and educators about ensuring children understand global realities and the sustainability challenges facing today's world. Our mission is to bridge this gap by connecting Dubai's youth with the global community.
Did you know? A staggering 800 million people worldwide lack access to safe water, which is twice the population of the United States! However, in our country, such a problem is rarely encountered; we simply turn on the tap, and safe, fresh water flows out. The same holds true for the entire developed world.
At Project Maji, we've developed a Water Curriculum tailored for Elementary through High School levels, aiming to educate students not only in the UAE but globally about the pressing water crisis. Through the lenses of Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Arts, Music, and PE, students delve into the enormity of the issue and its far-reaching impact on millions of lives.
Moving beyond mere statistics, students discover that these numbers represent real human beings with families, dreams, and aspirations, fostering an empathetic perspective. Ultimately, we empower students with tools to advocate for sustainable solutions, working towards ending the water crisis for their counterparts in a beneficiary Kenyan school through WinS – Water in Schools. Each initiative concludes with a fundraising push as students raise funds to provide our partner schools with access to clean drinking water.
School access point
Full solar-powered water kiosk
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While there is a long list of Project Maji's partner schools, here are a few that stand out:
Dunecrest American School
6X6 WATER WARRIOR CHALLENGE
6 days. 6 Water Challenges. Result: Wendano Primary School (Kenya) now has safe water access on-premises. During the activation, Dunecrest students wrote letters to their Kenyan peers, sang water songs, painted water murals and walked across the school track with water buckets on their heads emulating the reality of millions across the globe. A few months later, Wendano students wrote back. The activation concluded with a keynote address from Project Maji’s Founder & CEO, Sunil Lalvani, as he recounted the incident that inspired him to start Project Maji.
Read more on this here: Do you have a water warrior in you?
Dubai International Academy
From 27-29 June 20, DIA primary students celebrated their own ‘Water Week’ in collaboration with Project Maji. At DIA, the campaign was spearheaded by the student-led Water For Life Club. Students from grades 1-6 engaged with the Project Maji Water Curriculum to learn about the global water crisis and its impact on millions living in water insecurity. For instance, grades 1 and 2 students participated in an Arts lesson called ‘My Water Hero’. The students engaged with a ‘Water Crisis Factsheet’ and learned some striking facts about the water crisis. Next, the lesson requires students to draw a picture of their ‘Water Hero’ and list three powers needed to beat the water crisis. Project Maji provided beautiful ‘water passports’ to make it easier for teachers to track water activities completed by each student during the activation.
Read more on DIA Water Week in this blog.
Jumeirah Primary School
JPS ECO MARKET
On October 29, we participated in the first-ever Eco Market organised by the school. As is obvious from its name, the Eco Market, attracted a variety of sustainable businesses to raise awareness about buying local and ethical to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Project Maji was also invited to set up shop to raise awareness about the global water crisis and the urgent need to support sustainable solutions to it. Next, we were invited to participate in the Annual Spring Fair. Recently, we returned to JPS with fellow water warrior and activist, Mina Guli, who inspired the students to take action towards addressing the global water crisis.
Join us as we equip UAE students to create a life-changing impact in the lives of their peers in Kenya!
What We Promise?
Once the taps open at the student-funded water access point in the partner school in Kenya, we propose that students travel to the school. This is so they can witness first-hand, the impact they have helped to create in the lives of their peers. Staying true to our promise of going beyond statistics, students are able to put faces to numbers and see the real-life impact their efforts have delivered. In addition, we offer Impact Trips for student groups as a standalone option as well, to facilitate travel with a purpose.
GRAPHIC DESIGN SUPPORT
We design beautiful water passports to make it easy for teachers to track all water activities by EC & Elementary students. Once the water activities for the campaign are decided, our communications team takes care of the design, print and delivery of the water passports to the partner school. In addition, we promise to design social media posts/dedicated webpages to support the campaign.
FUNDRAISING PERMITS & MORE
We obtain fundraising permits of behalf of partner schools to make roll-out as easy possible. Next, we also assist with drafting and disseminating press releases.
PROJECT MAJI VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
We have developed a short Virtual Reality Experience that follows the story of a 13-yeard old Ghanaian girl Dagbe. The immersive experience captures the transformation that Project Maji has brought in her life via sustainable access to safe water. The simulation serves as an excellent tool to help students experience the lived reality of water scarcity, and the difficult life it creates for millions around the globe, propelling them to act. The simulation is over 4 minutes long and includes a moderate level of interactivity, making it a truly memorable yet educational experience.
We provide complete collateral support to make fundraising as easy as possible. This includes a beautiful, customized kick-off video. This is to introduce the students to the campaign, the purpose behind it and the activities they will engage in during the campaign.
We hand-deliver the letters UAE students write to their peers in Kenya and vice versa.
A CHANGEMAKER'S STORY
Finally, to conclude the campaign on a high, we offer a keynote address by our Founder & CEO, Sunil Lalvani. We all have the power to make the world better. We invite the students to listen to Project Maji Founder & CEO, Sunil Lalvani's inspirational story. From Group Managing Director in a thriving family electronics business to a serendipitous trip to Ghana to delivering more than 200 million litres of safe drinking water to over 100,000 people. Be inspired to be a changemaker.