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Water Walk

A few weeks ago, I came across some pictures of an event in Nashville called a Water Walk. It was organized by Blood:Water Mission, an organization that builds wells in Africa to alleviate the water crisis there. The idea behind this event seemed pretty cool:

From B:WM website:

From Dallas to Chicago, Phoenix to Nashville, Blood:Water supporters have had the opportunity literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.  These “Water Walks” have offered advocates an invitation to take part in one mile and back walks to collect water in their own cities. These walks are based on the recognition that every day, thousands of young Africans must hike miles a day just for access to water. Furthermore, children whose daily chore it is to collect water are often left with no time to attend school. On top of the heavy loads and certain risk of illness from drinking contaminated water, it is estimated that over 40 billion work and school hours are lost every year in Africa to the act of fetching clean drinking water.

By joining in solidarity with people in Africa, walking the distance to their nearest natural water source (like a pond or stream) and back to bring back water, people have walked for water so someone else won’t have to.  However small this gesture may be, for many it has been a galvanizing and implicating experience, bringing our understanding of our neighbor one mile closer and our love, perhaps, one mile stronger.

Anyhow, seeing the photos of the Nashville walk made me think it’d be cool to have one here in DC. So after a little email back-and-forth with the people at Blood:Water, we’re set to go to for a water walk in June! Should be pretty low-key, probably just a couple dozen or so folks. If you’re in the Washington, DC area, I hope you’ll join us!


  • Saturday, June 26, 2010
  • 6pm
  • National Sylvan Theater (15th and Independence SW)
  • More info at the Facebook event page

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One Response

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Blood:Water Mission, Drew Ackermann. Drew Ackermann said: New blog up: Walk with us in DC this summer for clean water in Africa! http://tinyurl.com/362djt8 | @bloodwater […]

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