Yesterday we Walked for Water and no, that is not me in the water drop costume to the left. Although, I would have worn it.
Anyway, Water Missions International holds a fundraiser each year here in Charleston to support their mission. What is their mission you might ask – “Water Missions International is a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions, through a Christian world view perspective, to people in developing countries and disasters.”
When hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, George and Molly Greene, operators of an environmental engineering company, received a request for six water treatment systems. Unable to find a system that would work, the two figured it wasn’t “rocket science” and decided to build something themselves.
“With a plan sketched on a legal pad and a pile of materials purchased at a local hardware store, six water-treatment systems were functioning within the next 48 hours.” The Greenes took the water treatment system to Hoduras themselves and the whole experience prompted them to return to the states, sell their company and found Water Missions International in 2001. Since that time, this foundation has responded to the need for safe drinking water in 49 countries.
It is that same need that prompted many people to come out yesterday and support this cause.
Starting in Canon Park people walked with a white bucket down Ashley Street, along the battery,
circling White Point Gardens where their buckets were . . .
filled with water and then back to Canon Park along the same route. All in all, people walked 3.5 miles.
Why the buckets, why the water, why the 3.5 miles you might ask? In many countries, that is how far people have to walk to get safe drinking water.
Signs along the way reminded all of us what our efforts could be helping to change.
Once we finished the walk we heard from a couple of men from Kenya who let us know just how significant our response to this need is.
It was very cool to see so many people out not only supporting this cause through donations but giving of their time and upper body muscles as they toted water in a bucket.
It was a great way to spend the day. I think everyone else enjoyed it was well!
Even the little kids!
Check out this wonderful organization. Maybe you cold organize a walk for water in your community!