The global pandemic has highlighted the critical need for access to clean water. To raise awareness of global water issues and to raise funds for the Sisters of St. Francis’ Sister Water Project (SWP), the SWP Committee invites you to “Walk for Sister Water” sometime between March 12-22, 2021, in honor of World Water Day on March 22.
The Sister Water Project was launched in 2006 by the Sisters of St. Francis and their associates to bring safe water to the villagers of Tanzania and Honduras. Since 2006, there have been over 290 well projects completed in Tanzania and over 20 water systems in Honduras.
How the walk works:
- Dedicate time to walk the distance of 5K (3.1 miles) any time between March 12 and 22. This can be in your neighborhood, park, trail or even on a treadmill. It can be done all at once or over the course of several days. While you walk, consider that this is the distance that some men, women, and children in parts of the world have to walk daily to obtain clean water.
- From March 12-22, follow the Sisters of St. Francis on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dubuquefranciscans/) and Twitter (@DBQFranciscans) to see why others are walking and how villagers in Honduras and Tanzania have been helped by the Sister Water Project. Take photos of yourself walking and post on social media with the hashtag #WalkForSisterWater or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After your walk, consider making a donation to the Sister Water Project by mail: 3390 Windsor Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at https://www.osfdbq.org/swpdonate.
“This walk is about raising awareness and standing in solidarity,” said Sister Maureen Leach. “A 72-year old woman reported that up to now a glass of water was almost a luxury. Now after 26 years of work her village has running water and she will no longer have to get up at 2 a.m. to walk to the well to get water for her family. We have an opportunity to make a difference. Join us and walk for Sister Water.”