Stroudsburg, PA – On Friday, March 22, nearly 150 Stroudsburg Middle School students will “Walk for Water” to raise money to help people in Haiti who do not have easy access to clean water. The students will walk approximately 3.2 miles while carrying four liters of water in a back pack; this scenario simulates a journey that children in developing worlds undertake daily to obtain water.
The Walk for Water is being coordinated by members of Stroudsburg High School’s Interact Club, many of whom will carry buckets along the walk route to accept donations from passersby. People in the area of Chipperfield Drive or Stroudsburg Middle School on Friday morning might see the walkers and can contribute. The students are also gathering pledges from family and friends.
“We’re holding the walk on UN World Water Day in hope of educating kids on the world water situation, where children their age have to walk daily to get water, and often unclean water, just to survive,” said Samantha Howarth, walk coordinator for the Interact Club. “The funds raised will be sent to Haiti, where clean water is not readily available. They’ll help support a well project there.“ The Interact Club at Stroudsburg High School is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, which recently helped build a secondary school in Haiti.
Several local businesses are supporting the students’ walk, including Stroud Oral and Facial Surgery, Pocono Medical Center Foundation, WalMart, CVS Pharmacy of Stroudsburg, Tulpehocken Spring Water, Pocono Family YMCA, BJ’s and Subway.
Prior to the start of the walk, Theresa Merli, Executive Director of the Brodhead Watershed Association, will speak with the students about water conservation.
On a global scale, the Stroudsburg Middle School students will combine efforts with 6,000 other students from 80 schools in 21 countries around the world, plus 27,000 students in the Netherlands who will also be “Walking for Water.”
Over the last 10 years, Walking for Water has raised more than $6.6 million for water and sanitation projects in Africa, Asia and South America. Walking for Water is an initiative of Aqua for All and Akvo, non-profit organizations focused on water and development aid sectors. For more information, go to www.walkingforwater.eu or haitioutreach.org.