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2024 Walk for Water Transforms Lives

2024 Walk for Water

In spite of cloudy skies and scattered rain, more than 4,000 people joined the 2024 Walk for Water on Saturday, March 23, raising funds to provide safe water to more than 12,000 people in need around the world.

Today, more than 2 billion people throughout the globe lack access to safe water. Women and children walk an average of three miles a day to collect water for their families. Much of this water is contaminated, causing illness and disease.

The Walk for Water simulates the three-mile walk as participants carry an empty bucket halfway, fill their bucket with water, and carry the heavy bucket back to the park.

Bekkett, a 12-year-old flag bearer leading the walking parade, said, “I feel bad for people who don’t have a chance to get safe water. I want to be here to walk for those people.”

Joining the Walk with her young daughter, participant Jennifer Goodman felt similarly. She shared, “When you think about people in other countries who have to walk for water, it really hits home and makes you realize how lucky we are.”

Before the end of the Walk, the sun was breaking through the clouds, reminding participants of the hope safe water brings to those who need it. Read on for photos and highlights from this life-changing event below. Thank you to all who partnered with us to raise awareness and continue the fight against the global water crisis. Stay informed about your impact by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also, be sure to attend the 2025 Walk for Water in Charleston on Saturday, March 29, or find an upcoming Walk for Water near you at walkforwater.com.

More than 4,000 people started walking at Riverfront Park led by a parade of flags representing the more than 60 countries where Water Mission has worked.
More than 4,000 people started walking at Riverfront Park led by a parade of flags representing the more than 60 countries where Water Mission has worked.
Starting with empty buckets, walkers trekked 1.5 miles to the water source at Water Mission headquarters.
Starting with empty buckets, walkers trekked 1.5 miles to the water source at Water Mission headquarters.
Participants simulated the daily walk for water of millions of women and children.
Participants simulated the daily walk for water of millions of women and children.
Along the route, volunteers held signs sharing facts and information about the global water crisis.
Along the route, volunteers held signs sharing facts and information about the global water crisis.
Walkers filled their buckets with dirty water symbolizing the contaminated water many people around the world must use.
Walkers filled their buckets with dirty water symbolizing the contaminated water many people around the world must use.
The Walk is a fun way for families to make a difference in the world together.
The Walk is a fun way for families to make a difference in the world together.
Back at the park, the dirty water is dumped into a pool where it is purified through a Water Mission Living Water Treatment System. 
Back at the park, the dirty water is dumped into a pool where it is purified through a Water Mission Living Water Treatment System.
After the Walk, children and families enjoy fun activities at the park that continue teaching about the need for safe water.
After the Walk, children and families enjoy fun activities at the park that continue teaching about the need for safe water.
Walkers stopped to pray for Water Mission’s work and the people in need around the globe.
Walkers stopped to pray for Water Mission’s work and the people in need around the globe.
Special thanks to the volunteers who make this event possible.
Special thanks to the volunteers who make this event possible.

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