The individual behind the inspiration

Thirst Project's Evan Wesley

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The individual behind the inspiration

Evan Wesley and Chi-Yan Shang help ASD HS service groups collaborate and plan at the inaugural HS Service Symposium.

Evan Wesley and Chi-Yan Shang help ASD HS service groups collaborate and plan at the inaugural HS Service Symposium.

Photographer: Nadia Benali

Evan Wesley and Chi-Yan Shang help ASD HS service groups collaborate and plan at the inaugural HS Service Symposium.

Photographer: Nadia Benali

Photographer: Nadia Benali

Evan Wesley and Chi-Yan Shang help ASD HS service groups collaborate and plan at the inaugural HS Service Symposium.

Tala A. and Jacob S.

Thirst Project representative Evan Wesley arrived at American School of Doha with a goal to educate students about a worldwide water crisis. Thirst Project is a non-profit organization that encourages young people to help end the global water crisis by building wells to provide safe, clean drinking water.

On behalf of Thirst Project, Wesley frequently travels the world to spread the word about the dire shortage of clean water and about his personal connections to Thirst.  

Service Assembly 

Evan Wesley started his presentation with a fast-paced rap that quickly captured the students in the high school’s first service assembly of the year. He then explained that music connects people, just as drinking water connects members of societies. Wesley recounted several stories from his travels to Eswatini, also known as Swaziland, in Africa. They served to inspire many ASD students because they pointed out the human cost of clean-water shortages.

One of his most affecting stories was about a six-year-old boy named Gupa. Wesley gushed about how happy and carefree Gupa was as they played on the field. However, he was startled to hear that at just four, Gupa had been diagnosed with a water-borne disease. Gupa’s older sister Anne has had to endure spinal problems from her lengthy walk to get water. The lack of clean water for Gupa’s family profoundly affected their health and wellbeing. 

“We live in a world where hundreds of millions of people don’t have access to clean water,” Wesley concluded.

He suggested that the lack of clean water in less economically developed countries puts a serious strain on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Service Symposium

In his role as the key presenter at ASD’s first Service Symposium, Wesley explained that the life experiences his stories come from led him to notice that the Sustainable Development Goals are connected. 

He believes the water crisis is the most pressing global issue as it influences other SDGs including quality education, gender equality, poverty, and zero hunger. All ASD service clubs were represented at the Service Symposium, and each of them has identified a particular SDG as the most relevant for their mission.

Wesley led discussions that resulted in multiple individual group representatives recognizing collaboration opportunities they had not previously known. 

The EFFECT Club could collaborate with DEAP Qatar in a beach cleanup, they noticed. Art Club might call out to Girl Up and other clubs to help them advertise by providing artwork for them.

Wesley left a powerful imprint on ASD students through his contributions to our first-ever Service Symposium, the first-of-the-year service assembly, and inspiring personal interviews. He encouraged students to continue talking about the water crisis and, more importantly, to do something about the serious problems they see around them.