Walk for Water


The children of Chepoyotwo village in Kenya’s dry West Pokot County take their jerry cans and walk to dig for water before school every day.

Their lives are as harsh as their isolated environment — the dry Kesot River basin in northwest Kenya.  

From the nearest asphalt road, only a skilled driver in a four-wheel-drive vehicle can navigate the grueling, lurching, three-hour crawl over pitted dirt tracks to reach their huts. On arrival, chattering children swarm the vehicle and ask if it’s a “grown-up motorcycle.” 

Visitors are a rare distraction to children who spend hours a day, and most of their energy, walking more than 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to find and carry water for their families and livestock.

But like children everywhere, these kids smile and look for fun in their daily routine. And their parents, like parents everywhere, simply want a better life for their children.  

But first they need water. So the children walk from home to the watering hole to collect water to use at school each day. After school, they walk back to the watering hole to collect water to take home.  

You can help bring water to children like these. Join World Vision’s Global 6K Walk for Water this May. Sign up today! 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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