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In celebration of the RCBF’s 20th anniversary in 2016, we highlighted the book A Long Walk to Water by local Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park. The novel tells the true story of local immigrant Salva Dut, a former “lost boy of Sudan” and founder of Water for South Sudan (WFSS,) who overcame incredible odds to not only survive a war in his country but to return years later and provide water to his people. School children and families around the world raised over $1 million for WFSS, after reading the book, to help bring clean, life-saving water to hundreds of thousands of people in great need. We wanted to do our part, too.


Through the generous contributions of RCBF authors, illustrators, volunteers, and community members, we raised over $11,000 in 2016, funding a new well in South Sudan. Please visit to learn more about this incredible organization.

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