More than 5,000 people gathered at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, on Saturday, March 25, 2023, for the 17th Annual Walk for Water. Together, they walked three miles and raised more than $500,000 to help fight the global water crisis. The funds raised will provide 10,000 people with access to safe water.
Throughout the world, millions of women and children walk for hours every day to collect water that is often contaminated and makes their families sick. Walk for Water’s three-mile route represented the average distance people walk each day to collect water. Carrying empty buckets until the halfway point, walkers filled them with dirty water, signifying the contaminated water that is often the only option for families around the world. To complete the walk, participants carried the full buckets the final 1.5 miles.
“I used to volunteer in a medical clinic in Kenya,” said a Walk for Water participant from First Baptist School in Charleston. “One of the big issues we had in Kenya was water cleanliness and making sure people had safe water to drink. It’s a very important mission and that’s why I’m walking.”
Thank you to all who participated in raising funds and walking to help bring clean, safe water to our global neighbors. We hope you will join us for the 2024 Walk for Water next year! You can also visit walkforwater.org to find a Walk for Water near you or host one in your own community!
To stay informed and learn about other ways you can get involved in fighting the global water crisis, visit watermission.org/nextmile.