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My Name Is

My Name Is...Zoi Johns

Girl Scout provides clean water to rural village in Uganda


Serving the community

I’ve lived in Genesee my whole life. I love it. Even though it’s a little out of the way, it’s nice to be secluded.

I am 17 and a senior at Lakewood High School.

I’ve been skiing since I was 2. I got my official outdoor emergency certification two years ago. It takes my passion for skiing and my passion for helping people and puts it all into one. My dad is a ski patroller, so that’s how I got interested in it. We go up to the mountains just about every weekend.

I started to get involved with the Rotary Club when I was 7. I’m very involved with the Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Lakewood, and I founded the Rotary Interact Club at Lakewood High School. It’s a way to use my leadership skills to get others involved with serving their community.

A girl with a powerful voice

I have been a Girl Scout for about 12 years. I got involved because both my brothers were Boy Scouts and I wanted something that I could do.

I like being a part of something. And I like that Girl Scouts is an organization that gives girls a powerful voice.

Project Waterwise

About two years ago, Lakewood High School raised $14,000 to build the Global Leaders Primary Academy in Namasale, Uganda. It was a project through Far Away Friends.

I fell in love with the relationships we built, and I wanted to show them that I was dedicated to making sure they succeeded. So for my Gold Award, I raised over $5,000 to provide three 10,000-liter water filtration tanks to the school so the village had access to clean water.

The lack of education was also an issue to be addressed. I designed posters for every classroom in the school, making certain the children know the importance of clean water and the right ways to use and conserve it.

Measuring impact through smiles

The most fun and rewarding part of my Gold Award project was watching the video and seeing the pictures after the tanks were installed. Just seeing the smiles made me feel like I made a real difference in their lives.

I haven’t been able to travel to see the impact I made for myself, but I am very much looking forward to being able to do so some time in the future.

And maybe one day when the government of Uganda is more established and the school has been there for a longer amount of time, I will find the statistical impact of my project. But a smile goes way further than numbers.

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