Clean Water Walkathon
Today, an estimated 1.4 million children die every year from diseases caused by drinking polluted water. As students of the Christians in Society class, we were driven to raise awareness and support the critical social justice issue of unsafe drinking water as it affects so many communities around the world.
Collaborating for Clean Water
Through partnering with our WATCH (Working at Teaching Children Hope) Team, we planned a school-wide Water Walkathon with a goal to raise $10,000 to build a water filter for a school in Kenya. The sheer size of this dollar goal led us to invite the Guido de Bres school community to participate with us.
With the help of Barb Kozakewich from Samaritan’s Purse, we as a team, proceeded with hearts filled with joy and a solidified belief in our vision, as we were ready to be the hands and feet of Christ in a practical and exciting way.
After doing some research, we asked students to gather sponsorships to walk carrying buckets full of water between 3-6 kms along a 1.3 km route covering the perimeter of our school property. Having participants carry full buckets offered a feel of what it is like for many around the world who walk several kilometres every day to provide water for their families.
Over the next few months, we planned, organized and sought out donations to cover the costs of running this event so that all the sponsored money went towards the community Biosand Filter in Kenya.
The sun was shining brightly on the day of the Walkaton, and this spring event brought together 75 HDCH students, 48 students from Guido de Bres, our representative from Samaritan’s Purse and three staff members to walk between 3-6 km around the HDCH campus. Participants quickly learned that carrying buckets of water over a distance was challenging. After as many laps as they were able, we concluded the event with a celebratory BBQ.
Sharing this meal together provided a chance to pray together, provide fellowship and listen to Barb share her insight on how this campaign would alter the lives of this Kenyan community. Our schools exceeded the original goal and raised $10,516. Through this campaign, we have been able to provide a school community in Kenya with a water filtration system that will provide access to clean water and education on proper hygiene for an entire community.
We as Christians in Society and WATCH are so humbled and grateful to have been given this opportunity to bless others through our campaign. God is so good!
By Jessica Star ‘18 & Nadine Simonffy