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Walk for Water

Take Practical Action and Walk for Water

Clean water is something most of us take for granted and yet a daily reality for many women and children in Africa and Asia is having to walk an average of six kilometres to find and collect water. Even though the journey to fetch water can be very dangerous, and take many many hours, this walk for water is crucial.

We would like you to walk for water so that people in the developing world don't have to.

By being sponsored for your walk or collecting donations along the way, you can help Practical Action to continue working with poor people across the world.

In organising the Walk for Water yourselves you have the flexibility to choose the date, place and distance. A fun event which ultimately helps those so desperately in need.

Many took up the challenge last year, from friends walking in the Lakes, neighbours walking from tube station to tube station and even two small girls and their parents walking 3km to the river and back, each filling a bottle with water, but not keen to drink it "after checking out the bugs and dirt and all".

All very different walks in varying weather conditions - sunshine, wind, rain sleet and even snow, but all walking for the same purpose - walking for water so that women and children in Africa and Asia won't have to.

We have a fundraising pack available with further details on organising your walk, a Frequently Asked Questions section, materials to advertise your walk and suggestions on how to raise money.

To register your interest please call us on 01926 634537, email us at events@practicalaction.org.uk, or download your free pack and registration form from the links below. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Download the complete fundraising pack as a zip file (1.8Mb) or download as individual files:

Read more about our work in Water and Sanitation.

The importance of clean water

women in Mozambique carrying water

The lack of access to water and sanitation has horrendous impacts, especially on children:

  • Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. 1
  • 1.4 million children die as a result of diarrhoea each year. 2
  • 90% of all deaths caused by diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years of age, mostly in developing countries 3

For over forty years, Practical Action has been working in employing appropriate technology to improve the lives of millions of low-income people in developing countries. Safe, secure and accessible water, sustainable sanitation systems and reliable sources of food are the greatest needs of many people, and the surest means of improving health and well-being.

Practical Action's projects have helped to change Halima and her family's lives completely:

"It used to take us a whole day to go and collect water. Now it takes us half an hour to go and half an hour to come back."

This has freed up time to concentrate on growing crops to provide a healthy diet for her children who also now have the time and opportunity to attend school.

You can help us to continue with our vital work - all we are asking you to do is walk.

What your sponsor money could help to fund

  • £25 … a Clean Water Tap. Every year in Bangladesh, floods bring disease and sickness to the poorest communities. A tap stand, placed above the water level, can provide a reliable source of safe clean water and help save lives.
  • £65 … a child-to-child education club to teach more children about the importance of good hygiene.
  • £105 … a drip irrigation kit, helping crops to thrive and produce a healthy harvest.
  • £300 … a clean latrine which can flush away diseases and save lives, preventing the spread of typhoid, dysentery and cholera.
  • £1000 … the total cost of all materials for a communal water point, giving safe, clean water to hundreds of people in Kenya.
  • £5000 … could support a small scale micro-hydro scheme to provide precious electricity for small businesses in Peru so that whole communities can flourish
  • £6500 … could fund the construction of a sanitation block (with toilets, showers and water points)

1) Number estimated from statistics in the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report
2) World Health Organization. 2008
3) UN Water. 2008

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