Organize a water walk in your neighbourhood to inspire positive change on global water issues.
Just $25 gives one person clean water for life!
How far would you walk to collect clean water for your family? Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water from the only sources available—distant and often polluted lakes, rivers or streams.
In Kenya alone, 32 million people have no access to adequate sanitation. Meanwhile, in India 21% of contagious diseases are caused by unsafe water. And 900 children die every day from diarrheal diseases that result from this unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Improving access to clean water will not only improve the physical health of families in these communities, but will also give them a better quality of life overall. Instead of shouldering the responsibility of collecting water, girls can go to school, parents can run sustainable farms and communities can lift themselves out of poverty with improved health, nutrition, education and opportunity. Clean water is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
How your family can help
Invite family, friends or neighbours to join in one (or more!) of these three fun and easy activities that boost awareness of global water issues and help raise money to provide clean water to communities in need.
1. Walk to raise funds
Pick a date to walk around your neighbourhood with weighted backpacks to simulate what it’s like for the women and girls who walk for water daily. Then, set up a family fundraising page here (it’s free and takes only a couple of minutes). Share the pledge link via email and on social media, asking folks in your network to sponsor your walk.
- Plan a route that fits with the ages and fitness levels of adults and children taking part. Whether you walk a short block or 5 kilometers, the point is to get a feel for the back- straining work that goes into water-carrying. After your chosen walk, talk about what it would be like to repeat your chosen walk many times a day, every day. Could you do it?
- Carry backpacks filled with books or other heavy items to represent the jerry cans of water that women and girls bring back to their families. TIP: Fit adults can try 40-pound (approximately 20 kilogram) weights – the same as the weight of water carried by women in Kenya. Ensure that kids are carrying light weights that are appropriate for their size and strength. Our water-carrying craft is perfect for the youngest walkers – get instructions here.
- Consider carrying signs to let others know why you’re walking – that’s an easy way to raise awareness.
2. Host a race for donations
Organize an awareness-raising water relay race on your street, asking each participant to commit to donating at least $25 to provide clean water to one person for life. Mark off a stretch of sidewalk or backyard for each participant to walk while holding a small cup full of water. After completing one length, the participant passes his or her cup to the next person. Try to not to spill! (At the end of the race, use leftover water to nourish local gardens.) As host, you can offer to collect cash and donate here.
3. Jump to it
It’s time to “Jump the River!” Use two lengths of rope (skipping ropes are ideal) to simulate the width of a river. Start with the ropes about one foot apart; each participant must jump across while holding a cup of water – without spilling, if possible! For each subsequent round, increase the distance between the two ropes making the jump more challenging. The participant or team with the most water left in their cup at the end of all rounds wins! (At the end of the activity, use leftover water to nourish local gardens.) As host, you can offer to collect cash and donate here.
For more ideas, and step-by-step instructions for creating your family’s personalized donations page online, check out our WE Walk For Water worksheets $25. That’s what it costs to give one person clean water for life!
For more ideas, and step-by-step instructions for creating your family’s personalized donations page online, check out our WE Walk For Water worksheets.
$25. That’s what it costs to give one person clean water for life!
Want to be a family of heroes?
Consider forgoing one of these purchases – each worth about $25 – and instead donate that cash to give the life-long gift of clean water to one person:
- Extra-large delivery pizza
- Family trip to your local burger joint or coffee place
- Movie ticket, popcorn and drink for one (if you’re a family of four—that money could give four people clean water for life!)
- Pokémon set or booster pack, midsize Lego set or Barbie doll/dress
- 19 songs on iTunes
- Budget pedicure
- Licensed or logoed T-shirt
By taking part in WE Walk For Water, you can empower your global community with sustainable change. When we all work together, each drop in the bucket will create a tidal wave of good.