Kiyara teaches fellow learners her water-wise ways

2018-03-07 06:01
In an effort to pass her water-wise ways on to her fellow learners, Kiyara Constable (8) sells bottles of hand sanitiser to provide them with an alternative to washing their hands when it is not absolutely necessary.  Photo:ANIKA DE BEER

In an effort to pass her water-wise ways on to her fellow learners, Kiyara Constable (8) sells bottles of hand sanitiser to provide them with an alternative to washing their hands when it is not absolutely necessary. Photo:ANIKA DE BEER

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MOTIVATIONAL speaker Les Brown once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” and it appears that he was right.

Kiyara Constable (8), a Grade 3 learner at Westering Primary School, embarked on a journey this year to ensure that her fellow classmates and learners stop using water unnecessarily by handing out hand sanitiser as an alternative to washing their hands in the bathroom.

According to her mother, Almaine Constable, the family went to Cape Town last year where the water crisis was significantly worse than it is in the Eastern Cape.

She (Almaine) bought hand sanitiser to use, so, she would not have to wash her hands unless it was absolutely necessary.

“I bought it in bulk and when we got back, I still had quite a lot left.

“Kiyara decided to put it into smaller bottles that she could give out at school,” Almaine said.

She added that they often encourage the children to be proactive and do something productive with their time instead of sitting in front of the television or just being lazy.

“The thing is, we can’t tell our children not to wash their hands with the water shortage, but we can teach them that they can still keep their hands clean without using water unnecessarily,” explained Michelle Jonas, a family friend and steadfast supporter of Kiyara’s campaign.

When she initially started the project, Kiyara never intended to sell the hand sanitiser.

“It was never her intention to sell it. Her friend insisted that she wanted to pay Kiyara for it and it went from there.

“There was no business intent. It was just a little girl that wanted to save water,” Almaine said.

Kiyara sells the bottles of hand sanitiser to her fellow learners and then encourages them to bring it back for a refill at a cheaper price.

In doing so, she is teaching her peers to save water and recycle at the same time.

Kiyara, who wants to be a teacher when she grows up, is currently saving her money to buy herself an iPhone.

“It teaches her about responsibility and working for what she wants. The iPhone is not a need; it’s a want and she’s working for it,” Almaine said proudly.

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