Join Walk for Water this March - a virtual walking event where you pledge to walk further than usual for four weeks, in solidarity with those who have no choice but to walk to collect water.
Walk for the millions of women and children who walk distances like this every day to get the water they need to survive.
Complete your Walk for Water challenge at a pace that suits you. You can reach your pledged distance in as many or as few days as you like. Do a few kilometres each day during the week, or go for some long walks on the weekends. The choice is all yours!
Taking part as a team is a great way to stay motivated. You can create a team right from your own fundraising page, you’ll then be able to send this new team page to your teammates who can join the team from there.
Your team page will let you see how much each team member has raised and how far each of you has walked for your challenge. Challenge your teammates to go that little bit further and see who will walk the furthest!
You'll all get matching Walk for Water shoe laces too!
All distances reflect a walk that women and girls around the world have to take each day to reach water. Women and girls like Lal Kumari, Zeitu and Seido.
When you Walk for Water, you’re helping to give Lal Kumari, Zeitu, Seido and others across the world the power to change their own lives, forever.
I feel exhausted when I reach home. The path is not easy; it is steep and uneven. Many times, I have fallen on the way. But what to do? I have no other option. Without water we cannot live.
Walk for women like Lal Kumari, 60, who lives in the mountainous region of Dolakha, eastern Nepal. For half the year, the system that supplies Lal Kumari’s community with water runs dry – leaving her with no choice but to make the tiring, treacherous journey to a river an hour’s walk away.
Walking the same route for two hours every morning is very tiring. But there is no choice. I hope it will change soon. Until then, I will continue to do it.
Walk for mothers like Zeitu, 37, who’s been making the arduous daily journey to fetch water for three decades. Early each morning, she sets off for a spring 4km away from her home in central Ethiopia, hoping to get there before herds of cattle do. The dirty water makes her family sick; her seven-year-old daughter fell seriously ill. But without clean water close to home, Zeitu simply has no other option.
The rest of my siblings go to school, and I want them to get their education. I don’t go to school; I’ve never been. I made the choice to stay home and support my mother with collecting water.
Walk for girls like 16-year-old Seido, who is responsible for fetching water for her family. The water source is so far away from her home in rural Ethiopia that it takes around five hours to get there – meaning Seido spends almost all day, every single day, on the road. Seido dreams of going to school like her siblings – but, for as long as her days are dominated by walking for water, her education will be on hold.
When you sign up, your very own bespoke Walk for Water fundraising page is created for you.
This is where you can keep track of your activity tracking and fundraising, all in one place. You can set up a profile page – adding an image and personal story – and start earning virtual badges and climbing up our distance and fundraising leader boards.
You can also share your profile page with friends and family, so they can see the amazing challenge you're undertaking – as well as the progress you’re making - and show their support by making a donation.
Why did I Walk for Water? It's a heartbreaking reality that in many communities it's girls and young women who bear the burden of collecting water. Having to walk miles every day and giving up education and healthcare just to get something we all take for granted - it's not right. And it's not fair.
So, I took part in Walk for Water to support all those that don't have a choice but to walk every day just to fetch water. Apart from the odd ache and pain I've loved walking every day. The tranquility and mood-boosting nature of walking is perfect! Glynn Trow, WaterAid supporter
Take on the Walk for Water challenge so that others don't have to.
WaterAid will support you every step and every kilometre of the way.
Good Luck - happy walking and fundraising!