It takes a Town Day to get clean water

Peter Manyang Malang of Arlington and Dominick Deng Aloung of South Boston raise money and awareness on Town Day in Arlington, MA.  (Abuk Madut, who staffed the  booth in the morning, is not shown.) Manyang’s middle daughter told passers-by, “My grandmas need clean water!” while Manyang’s youngest daughter concentrates on eating her watermelon slush.

Malual-Chum Village Project’s first foray into raising money and awareness was a smashing success. Every fall, the center part of Arlington, MA is closed off for Town Day. The street is lined with booths featuring the businesses, groups, and activities. Village Help for South Sudan has had a Town Day presence for years, but this is the first time we have featured Malual-Chum Village Project. “Clean Water for South Sudan” was our theme, and as one donor put it, “Everyone needs clean water.”

Folks who know Manyang as a favorite Trader Joe’s crew member stopped by, as did parents and friends of the kids, who are active in school, church, and town recreation activities. The kids were an important part of the preparation: Manyang’s older son and younger daughters worked on our display board, and his oldest daughter helped design our new T-shirts (wonderfully printed by Rocket Science Screen Printing). At  the event, crowds flocked over when Manyang was holding the baby!

We more than met our goals of raising money and awareness about Village Help for South Sudan’s newest project. Manyang and Abuk gained confidence, too, in making a presentation about their village’s need for clean water. Feel free to use our contact page if you’d like them to speak to your group.