Walk For Water
In Kenya, a young girl travels an average daily distance of 6km by foot, carrying up to 20 litres of water on the journey. As a result of the time it takes to collect water, many girls are unable to remain in education and without education find themselves caught in a cycle of poverty. This directly impacts on the food security of a young woman, family or community.
Walk for Water
For the past four years, Aidlink has partnered with a number of schools across Ireland on the Walk for Water campaign in order to raise awareness of this important issue. It has been an enormous success, attracting media coverage and the attention of the general public to the needs of millions of people (especially girls) worldwide, as well as the work of Aidlink in responding to those challenges.
In 2015 Over 1400 students from 9 different schools in Ireland took part last year, walking 6km whilst carrying water in solidarity with their peers in Kenya and Uganda. Our thanks go to the pupils and teachers at Dominican College Sion Hill, Drogheda Grammar School, Seamount College, Kinvara, St. Joseph’s, Rush, Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green, Firhouse Community College, Alexandra College Miltown, and Willow Park First Year for their wonderful support.
Walk for Water helps kids understand what many children their age in developing countries must do every single day, often at the expense of being in school. It is a motivating and effective event to engage the younger generation on an important topic and teach them that they can make a difference in the lives of others.
World Water Week March 2016.
Will you and your students join in solidarity with those in Africa and help raise funds for Aidlink? As well as supporting your school to organise the sponsored walk, we are also able to visit your school in order to talk to the students about the issues surrounding water and sanitation in developing countries, as well as the work of Aidlink. If you believe that your school can help Aidlink on Walk for Water 2016, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
- Organise a sponsored walk of 6km to take place in World Water Week
- Carry water in jerry-cans/ buckets as an expression of solidarity for the girls in Kenya. This can be done in teams, relays or as individuals. The amount of water you carry is at your discretion!
- The location and time of the 6km walk should be done at a place and time during the week that is suitable for you and your school.
- We would ask that water transported is not wasted but is returned to a water source or used.
- If you are interested in Walk for Water 2016 please contact Aishling -firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Programmes that Aidlink Supports
Aidlink’s partner, the Girl Child Network (GCN), in Kenya works to improve the lives of Maasai girls in Kajiado District. The GCN have long recognised the centrality of water and sanitation facilities in promoting participation of girls in schools. The construction of sanitation facilities such as water tanks and girl friendly latrines in the targeted schools in Kajiado has increased enrolment of girls by 25%, and absenteeism has reduced by 65-70%. Education for Maasai girls has also reduced the number of child marriages – many uneducated Maasai girls are ‘married off’ at a young age.
In Northern Kenya, the Diocese of Lodwar work with the Turkana, also a pastoralist community like the Maasai. The area is an arid, desolate region that has been hard hit by the recent drought. Girls here face many of the same challenges as those in Kajiado.
Aidlink is working with both partners to provide greater access to clean and safe water and ensure food security, knowing that this will have a huge impact on young girls and their ability to participate in education. You can show your solidarity and help us by Walking for Water in 2016