WESTFIELD, IN – The 2nd annual Walk 4 Water will be held at Grand Park on Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Organized by a group of local community members, the event proceeds will build a well to provide fresh drinking water for the village of Kawunha, Uganda.
Post-race activities include refreshments and live music by artist Tyler Robling and African music by Sister Stella’s Harambee Troupe. Registration is available at www.walk4waterindy.com.
Event sponsors include Discount Filters, Mainscape, Lightbox Photo Academy, and Starbucks.
Event organizer, Linda Brennan was inspired to start the Indiana Walk 4 Water after visiting Uganda on a mission trip. Seeing in person the joy and health brought to the villages receiving new wells was a life-changing experience for Linda.
“It was eye opening to see the conditions in the villages of Uganda, and that clean, safe drinking water is a luxury in that part of the world,” said Walk 4 Water organizer Linda Brennan. “Last year, we were able to raise enough to build a well in the village of Nanjere, Uganda. Through Water 4 Kids International, Kawunha Village will be the beneficiary for this year’s event, due to their desperate need. We will be providing fresh, clean water to the village of 10,000 people who have never had clean water!”
For over a century the Kawunha villagers have been collecting their water from an open pond, located about two miles from the village. The pond is polluted as rain carries dirt and waste products into it. This pond is also a breeding ground for water-borne diseases, such as typhoid and dysentery. The lives of the villagers will be radically changed for the better with a deep-water well (borehole).
Walk 4 Water is affiliated with Water 4 Kids International, a 501(c)3 organization. Nearly half the population of Africa does not have access to safe drinking water. Villagers, mainly women and children, spend hours each day walking miles to collect water from open ponds, livestock water points, and polluted ditches.
Dysentery, following malaria and measles, is the third cause of death in East Africa. Lack of safe water is responsible for up to 75% of deaths in remote villages. Forty percent of children die before the age of 5, and these water borne illnesses are the major cause of death. Water 4 Kids International restores hope to kids living in conditions like these by providing safe drinking water–one village at a time.
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