World Water Day on March 22nd celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis, a core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Aidlink works with remote rural communities in Kenya and Uganda, in these communities young girls can walk up to 15km to collect water for their family, carrying up to 20 litres on her journey home. 15km is about 20,000 steps – that’s going to take you somewhere in the region of three hours. Imagine having to get up at 5am to go and fetch the family’s morning water. If your local waterhole has dried up, you may need to walk an hour or two to the next one, for many girls fetching water dominates the day, pushing aside all other activities, school, play and being a child.
For the last 9 years, Aidlink have mobilised young people around Ireland to Walk 4 Water in solidarity with the children, particularly girls experiencing the effects of water poverty in Kenya and Uganda. Over the years, thousands of students have walked for water in their communities, raising awareness of water shortages in Africa and raising vital funds for vulnerable children. Join us as we walk 15,000 steps in solidarity with girls walking that daily for water.
How does it work?
Commit to walking 15,000 steps in solidarity with children in Kenya and Uganda.
In line with COVID-19 government guidelines, mobilise you family, friends and bubble to walk 15,000 steps. You can set the time and location to suit you – ideally with within a few weeks our World Water Webinar on Thursday 22nd April 2021.
Post and share your photos on social media using the hashtag #AidlinkWalk4Water
Help us by donating and sharing our campaign on Facebook and twitter. All donations from Walk4Water will support some of the poorest communities in Kenya and Uganda.