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How Far Would You Walk for Clean Water?
Organize a water walk to inspire positive change on global water issues and take steps to make a difference for communities living without safe drinking water.
Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water—often from sources full of harmful contaminants. But when you help a family gain access to clean, safe drinking water in their own community, you open the door to better health and a better world.
Here’s How to Run Your Campaign
Investigate and Learn
What does your group already know about global water issues? With your teacher, learn more about the issue and consider how having access to clean water affects a community.
Discuss how the group can spread awareness about WE Walk for Water. This could be done through school announcements, campaign posters or visiting classrooms in person to speak about the campaign. Make a list of everything you will need to organize before your event and assign each item to a different group member.
Sit down as a group and list potential issues you could run into on the day of your water walk. Think of ways you could solve these problems, either by preparing for them or by responding to them when they happen.
Report and Celebrate
When the campaign is over, sit down as a group and record the impacts you’ve made. Share the success of your WE Walk for Water campaign by posting photos to social media using #wewalkforwater.
RECORD AND REFLECT
Using the Student Yearbook, students will record their progress and their reflections for each of the four steps above.
Campaign Lesson Plans
Use this educational resource to explore the issue of global access to water and the challenges faced by families around the world.
Hillcrest High raises awareness with annual “Walk 4 Water”
Students at Hillcrest High School are no strangers to helping people in need. For the past few years they have been holding a “Walk 4 Water” event at their school to help raise awareness for global water issues. Most recently they fundraised $750 in pledges toward building a water tank in Llullin, Ecuador.
Students and staff began the event in their library with an assembly about the vital role of water in developing communities. The students of Hillcrest High School then made their way down Smythe Road to the Rideau River. With 20 empty water cooler jugs in hand, along with giant event signs in tow, the group of 90 students and a dozen staff received encouraging honks from drivers passing by.
When they reached the river, the students formed a line to lift full jugs up the riverbank before hauling them back to the school to water the gardens. “On the way back it was harder because we had the water, which was heavy,” said Eva Anderson, 15. “It resonated with you, the struggles of coming back.”
The five-kilometre walk raised not only funds for a water tank in Ecuador but awareness for communities who must travel long distances to access water.