It can be easy to take our access to water for granted, but over 750 million people in the world do not have clean and safe water.
This statistic prompted local students to take action, as Jefferson Junior High hosted its second annual Walk For Water, an event to help end global thirst.
Carrying two to five gallons of water for about three miles around the school, participants learned what it takes for others to gather clean water.
Haley Glowacki, a 7th grader at Jefferson, adds, “It means a lot to me because here in Naperville, we take things for granted. We can just go to our fridge and get water while they have to walk miles upon miles carrying gallons and gallons of water. For us actually doing it today, it’s interesting to see how they actually feel.”
Having lived in a country with minimal access to clean water, Krish, an 8th grade student, explained why this project hits a little closer to home.
“Still in my country, there are many places that drink salt water instead of nice water. I’m really happy that it’s going to India, I mean not only India, it needs to go to every country in the world, because everyone needs to drink nice water.”
In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are related to poor water conditions. Walk for Water supports various projects to combat that, including rainwater containment systems, sanitary toilets, a new well and educational programs.
“Everything that we’re doing tonight is fantastic and fun,” says teacher Chris Heffernan.
“It raises funds and it raises awareness, but when you looked at those kids who were smiling in Africa, and you saw that they might not have been there and it wasn’t for the actions of our students, that really meant something to us.”
Through the campaign, students hope to help create ripples that will continue for years to come as they restore clean water, one school at a time.
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