Walks for Water and Sanitation are kicking off across the globe!
Over 316,000 people are walking for water and sanitation throughout the next week!
World Water Day 2012 campaign
Walks are kicking off today across the globe, including in India, Pakistan, Mozambique, UK, Sudan, Nigeria and many more! 316,000 people have already registered to take part and more are signing up every day!
Walks are taking place all over the world during the next seven days, from Mozambique, where 200 people will be walking 3km from Quelimane, to Malta where over 2,000 local residents and school children will be walking to collect water and returning with it to their schools to draw attention to the millions of children around the world who must take time out of education every day to do the same!
Walks will be starting across India in the next 24 hours with 5,000 people walking across 18 villages in the next week. We also have walks taking place in Sri Lanka, where 500 people will be walking to demand better access to clean water and sanitation, and in Togo, where up to 800 people will be walking to deliver a declaration to government officials in Dapaing. A whopping 40,000 people will be walking together in 6 regions of Madagascar and, in London, 30 walkers will be setting off next Saturday to walk 20 miles right across the city!
Banga Jananee will be undertaking a whole week of activities to lobby decision makers on water and sanitation issues in Bangladesh and Wash-NET Sierra Leone will be drawing on the importance of this year’s national elections to engage various political parties in their three walks! Seed for African Relief Agency in Ghana are even hoping to get Asamoah Gyan himself involved in their walk! He has already shown his support for the campaign with this brilliant video too!
This year, the timing of the World Walks for Water and Sanitation event is crucial – just one month after this mass global action, world leaders will gather in Washington DC at the Sanitation and Water for All second High-Level Meeting to discuss what they’re going to do to tackle the crisis claiming 4000 children’s lives every day. And it’s up to us to make sure they know that the world expects action. That's why walkers across the world are walking to their Development or Finance Ministers' offices to invite them to attend this key meeting and to demand that they commit to increasing provision to get water and sanitation to the world’s poorest communities.
You can find out more by downloading our press release in both English ( DOC File 43KB) and French ( DOC File 36KB)!
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