In Kenya, a young girl walks an average of 6km to collect water for her family, carrying up to 20 litres on her journey home. In the communities in Turkana and Kajiado County that Aidlink works with, this can increase to 10 – 15km during the dry seasons! With the responsibility of ensuring there is water at home, this girl is unable to attend school. Without an education, she can find herself at risk of early marriage, at a loss of her agency and ambitions and stuck in a cycle of poverty.
Since 2012, Aidlink has organised the annual Walk for Water Campaign every March with schools throughout Ireland. Thousands of students have Walked for Water in their communities, raising awareness about the issue of water poverty in Africa, most especially the devastating Impact on children. As well as supporting your school to organise the sponsored walk, where possible, Aidlink are will also endeavour to visit your school to talk about the issues surrounding water and sanitation in developing countries, as well as the work of Aidlink. If you want to take part in Walk for Water 2019, please don’t hesitate to contact Aisling at email@example.com to receive your Walk for Water school campaign pack. Walk for Water is part of Global Water Action Month – a month of worldwide action held annually in March, to provide a platform for organisations and communities to stand together with one voice, calling an end to water poverty. We demand long term, sustainable change – a world where no one is left behind, and everyone has their rights to water and sanitation realised. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information and a free Walk for Water school campaign pack!