When You Walk for Water, You Make a Difference

Walk for Water

Posted January 8th, 2019 by Kerry Dodson, Director of Events and Engagement.


Today, I moved through my regular routine: I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, and took a shower. Hours later, I strolled over to the water cooler at work to fill up my water bottle.

Throughout the day, I used the bathroom, washed my hands, refilled the water bottle, cooked dinner, and threw a load of laundry into the washing machine. But not once did I think about where I was going to get water, whether it would be safe to walk 25 steps to the water cooler, or whether the water itself was safe.

Not once.

Dirty water in Uganda

Every day, billions of people do have to think about where they will get the day’s water and whether or not it will make them ill.

Today, 2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. That’s one-third of the world’s population.

Dirty water in Honduras

The impact of the global water crisis is both widespread and tragic. One person dies every 37 seconds from a water-related illness, and 50 percent of the hospital beds in the developing world are filled with people suffering from water-related diseases. Women are especially affected, spending 200 million hours each day collecting water for their families. And the water they work so hard to get is usually not safe to drink.

The global water crisis is real. It’s urgent. But there is hope.

Safe water in Malawi

And you can help provide that hope to people around the world by participating in Water Mission’s annual Walk for Water on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in North Charleston, SC, or by finding a regional walk near you.

Walk for Water

The three-mile, the experiential route will demonstrate what life is like for people around the world who walk for water every day. Stories, facts, and visuals will guide you through Riverfront Park to Water Mission’s international headquarters where you will see the transformative impact of safe water firsthand.

Walk for Water

When you participate in the Walk, form a team, and raise support, you are directly combating the global water crisis.

Your participation brings much-needed awareness to the lack of safe water around the world. And every dollar you raise helps to transform someone’s life.

Walk for Water

It’s simple —

  • RECRUIT: Talk to your friends, church, and co-workers about forming a Walk for Water team.
  • REGISTER: Register yourself and your team to reserve your 2019 Walk for Water T-shirt. (Click here.)
  • RAISE SUPPORT: Personally ask 10 people (family, friends, co-workers) to give $10 with a simple text, email, or phone call.
  • WALK: Show up on Saturday, March 30, at 9:00 a.m. ready to Walk for Water and enjoy the day!
Walk for Water

Since 2001, Water Mission has worked in 55 countries around the world, providing solutions for safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. But we can’t do this work alone.

Safe water in Nepal

We’re so grateful for people like you who are eager to fight the global water crisis with us. When you join us on March 30, you’ll be walking for water so that one day, others won’t have to.