Water walk offers empathy for developing world

Positively Africa is challenging residents of Greater Victoria to carry water 10 km in support of clean water

Clean water is essential to good health, but what if your community’s only access to water meant women and children walking 10 kilometres to a dirty river and hauling 20 litres home on their backs – all while feeling the effects of being HIV-positive?

The reality for many people around the world stricken with a lack of clean drinking water is far from our way of life in the Capital Region and one Positively Africa would like to bring to light during its second annual Water Walk.

The local group, formed under Victoria International Development Education Association, is challenging residents of Greater Victoria to carry water 10 km in support of clean water and health related issues in Narok, Kenya, where women often walk 10 km daily to access water.

“Imagine carrying that on your back with a strap supporting it across your forehead,” said Peggy Frank, co-founder of Positively Africa. “And if you’re sick – imagine having the flu and having to get up and walk 10 kilometres, let alone carrying that water – it’s hard.”

On Sunday, participants will carry buckets of water around the 10-km loop at Elk/Beaver Lake Park, but unlike the women and children of Narok, they’ll be able to stop and unload water if it grows too heavy.

Walkers will haul 10 litres pails, about half the amount typically transported by people in the Kenyan community.

The funds raised through registration fees and pledges will go toward upkeep of the water truck Positively Africa purchased last year for the Osopet Community Based Organization, which serves communities surrounding Narok.

“We don’t want people to get hurt. It’s not about proving anything,” Frank said. “It’s about understanding the hardships of people in Kenya.”

To register a team, or for more information, contact Joan at 250-592-1480 or waterwalkvictoria@gmail.com.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Rebels season over after loss in Cullen Cup Final

Westshore had won ten straight games prior to championship game

West Shore fireworks courses start next week

Course required for mandatory permit

More than 900 new units planned for Langford Lake development

Council still has to sign-off on rezoning application

Hey Amazon, the bid’s in the mail: Langford mayor

The City of Langford has officially submitted its bid to become the home of Amazon HQ2.

Art has become a lifestyle for local resident

Coast Collective’s latest exhibit celebrates all things late fall

Sooke fudge company on Dragon’s Den Nov. 2

Fudge in A Round appearance on Dragon’s Den celebrated with a viewing party at the local Legion Nov. 2

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

EDITORIAL: It’s time to change the sexual assault conversation

The words “Me Too” are taking social media by storm this week,… Continue reading

Pumpkins’ versatility goes beyond Halloween

Linda Geggie For the Saanich News Get this. My 13-year-old just came… Continue reading

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Event puts pets in the picture for Halloween

Pets West holding Halloween party Oct. 29 at its Broadmead Village location

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read