Nineteen Marin Country Day School fifth-graders completed the “Walk for Water Challenge” in support of WaterAid, an international nonprofit working to make clean water, decent toilets and hygiene a reality for everyone, everywhere within a generation.
Leila Al-Moosa, 11, organized the fundraiser with a goal of $10,000 and invited friends to join her.
“I know that water is necessary in everyday human life. So when I learned that one in 10 people don’t have clean water close to home, there was no way that I could go about my day doing nothing about it,” she said.
The group carried empty 2.5 gallon containers along the Tiburon bike path and returned them to their original destination full of water. The four-mile round trip represented the average distance that women and girls in developing countries around the world walk on a daily basis to collect water.
Prior to heading out, the kids participated in a Zoom call with Deirdre Geoghegan, a volunteer from WaterAid U.K., to learn more about the global water crisis.
“I was delighted to be invited to speak to the children about WaterAid’s work,” Geoghegan said. “Many of the children were shocked by some of the statistics we shared. They recognized that this is not fair and they were keen to make a difference. I was thoroughly impressed by their fundraising goal! It’s a great effort for a great cause.”
For more information or to donate visit us.wateraid.org/campaign/raising-water-2022/c408912.