From Village to Town Day

Arlington Town Day is part street fair, part welcome to newcomers, and a chance for Arlingtonians to get the word out about their favorite causes. So, of course, Village Help for South Sudan has a booth about our Malual-Chum project. Since project manager Peter Manyang Malang lives and works in Arlington, and his children go to Arlington schools, all sorts of people stopped by: customers from Trader Joe’s, where Manyang is a popular crew member, his kids’ teachers, and friends from school, sports, and summer recreation programs and their families.

Peter Manyang Malang, manager of Malual-Chum project, chats with those stopping by his Arlington Town Day booth.

Peter Manyang Malang, manager of Malual-Chum project, chats with those stopping by his Arlington Town Day booth.

Many were surprised to learn that their friends’ family back in Africa doesn’t have clean water to drink. But we noticed that as Arlington grows more diverse, several of those who stopped by could identify personally with our project; they had the same situation in their homeland. Our donation jar filled up nicely, and many took our cards and bookmarks to learn more about the program.

Of course, the kids had to do Town Day, too: some bouncy house, some face painting, some fried dough and kettle corn. It was a great day to raise awareness from town to village and back again.

What's Town Day without some face painting?

What’s Town Day without some face painting?