Walk for Water
Around the world, 2.2 billion people lack access to safe water. Millions of women and children walk more than three miles to collect water for their families every day. Often this water is not safe to drink, resulting in illness and even death. But we have the power to change this.
Water Mission’s Walk for Water is a unique event where you have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of our global neighbors. By doing so, you raise awareness and funds to help end the global water crisis. Whether you are part of the flagship Walk in Charleston, join a Walk elsewhere, or start your own Walk for Water, you can help change lives.
Join a Walk for Water
Since 2005, thousands of walkers have raised millions of dollars to fight the global water crisis through Walk for Water events. The Water Mission Walk for Water started in Charleston, SC, and has expanded to Walk events across the United States and in more than 35 countries around the world.
Find a Walk near you on the map below and join us.
Start a Walk for Water
Starting a Walk for Water is a great opportunity to rally your church, community, or organization to raise awareness and funds to fight the global water crisis. Since 2001, Water Mission has served more than 7 million people in 57 countries. By coming alongside Water Mission, you are part of the solution. Through you, Water Mission will be able to impact the lives of more men, women, and children who currently lack access to safe water.
Water Mission’s step-by-step guide makes it easy to start planning your own Walk for Water. Our Walk for Water Team is here to support you through the entire process.
Click “Download Your Walk for Water Resources” below or email us at [email protected] and take the first step on the path to making a difference today!
History of the Walk for Water
George and Molly Greene started Water Mission in 2001 after witnessing the need for safe water in Honduras following the destruction brought on by Hurricane Mitch. Molly wanted to provide an opportunity for others to understand the day-to-day experience of the 2.2 billion people affected by the global water crisis. In 2006, we created the Walk for Water to simulate the three-mile trek women and children make every day to collect water.
During the Walk for Water, participants walk approximately 1.5 miles to the midway point with an empty bucket. There, they fill their bucket with dirty water and carry it another 1.5 miles to the end of the Walk.
The first Walk for Water was held in Charleston, SC. As churches, community groups, and corporate partners have embraced the vision for the Walk for Water, the program has spread across the United States. Longtime partners Grundfos, Georg Fischer, and Hach have even expanded their Walks to include international offices in 35 countries.
As the Walk for Water continues to grow, our purpose is the same: to provide communities, organizations, and companies with a local opportunity to raise awareness of the global water crisis and funds to fight it.