Join us for the sixth annual Walk for Water on Saturday, May 31, 2014! We’re throwing a community festival with music, food, beer, walk simulations, and fun. Stay tuned for more details.
Walk for Water Timeline
Walkers from the inaugural 2009 event funded construction by Water For All for two pumps near schools in rural Kenya. With the funds raised, Water For All will install a Sun Pump that will serve about 1,600 people at two schools, a vocational training centre and a center for the deaf.
A sun pump powered by solar energy now produces between 8 to 30 thousand litres of water per day, providing water for an estimated 1,000 people in a school and community center.
A fun pump doubles as a merry-go-round to bring water to about 2,500 people. As children play and spin the merry-go-round they pump water from a well below.
Each pump is powered by three 160 watt solar panels and comes with a solar electric submersible pump, storage tank and two taps. The system can pump water all day and excess water is stored in an overhead tank. Project locations are identified by expressed needs and selected through community input with technology of best fit.
In 2010, the Temeke Primary School in Tanzania gained access to clean drinking water after funds were raised in Portland during the 2010 Walk for Water in conjunction with UN World Water Day.
The primary school’s hand pump broke several years ago, and since then more than 1600 children have had to bring water with them to school—often walking up to 3 hours a day just to get water. In partnership with Water for All and Portland Global Initiatives, we completed a deep solar water well that operates around the clock. Attendance is now up at the school and they even have enough water to grow a vegetable garden.
In 2011, with funds raised through the Walk for Water fundraising event, we completed a four-part water well construction project in conjunction with non-profit group Water for All. With the help of the Malawian government, four schools were selected as areas with the greatest need. Using local materials, clean water wells were dug, solar powered pumps were installed, and storage tanks erected. These tanks not only dispense the water, but also include visual instructions on proper hygiene for the children using them.
Well #1 – Chimbewa School: Located in southern Malawi, Chimbewa School is a school for 594 students, 47% of them female. In a community of 1,500 the students, faculty and admin, and the surrounding residences are greatly benefited by the addition of this well.
Well #2 – Goliati School: Also in southern malawi is Goliati School. Goliati is a larger school with 2,280 students and 22 staff members. Over 50% of these students are female. Including the community surrounding the school, 5,047 people are affected by the addition of this well.
Well #3 – Lomola School: Lomola School serves 1,963 students and has a staff of 27. 47% percent of the students are female. Over 1,500 people are directly benefitted by this well.
Well #4: Mwitere School: The Mwitere school, also located in southern Malawi, serves 1,084 students and has a staff of 13. Females make up 55% of the students. With a large community nearby, this project benefits about 3000 people.
We partnered with World Vision in 2012 to support their WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) project with funds raised from the 4th annual Walk for Water. WASH was started in 2011 and is a five year program slated to end in 2016. The program “aims to achieve a target of 90 percent access to safe water supply and 86 percent access to improved sanitation” in all areas selected by the World Vision organization. This will be achieved by drilling over 30 wells, rehabilitating 136 non-functioning wells drilled by other agencies, training over 180,000 communities on sanitation and maintaining current water access points. In addition, the program focuses on improving sanitation and hygiene facilities throughout the selected region with community teams (with specific focus on women) being trained and educated on the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation.
We are an initial major donor for the Papua New Guinea water and sanitation project. Engineers conducted a study of 32 schools and 3 community centers. 2 schools are being used as Early Start Schools to test the project with the eventual goal of serving all of the studied schools and community centers.