_08K5047 bewerkt.jpg

19,000 Dutch schoolchildren joined Walking for Water on Wednesday 25th March to raise a spectacular one million Euros for water projects in Africa and Asia. Timed to coincide with World Water Day, the funds raised as personal donations from friends and family – at least half a million Euros – will be matched like-for-like by Aqua for All, a Dutch development organisation and Akvo partner.

Most exciting for us is that many of the highest profile projects are Akvo projects, where the children – ranging in age from 10 to 13 years – will be able to follow progress online as their projects begin in the months to come. There’s more on these projects below.

Mark Westra from Akvo was at the start and finishing line of the walk, where each child carried 6 litres of water on their back for 6 kilometres. See his video below (in Dutch – or see Nick Dickinson’s subtitled version via Overstream here).

Akvo is hosting six key projects for Walking for Water.

An example is this project in Kusheswar Dumja in Nepal where only 35 of 900 families (that’s almost 6,000 people) have access to a toilet. The project will focus on educating people about sanitation, and the construction of toilets for 415 families as well as work on water improvements.

Others include this project in Mmanze in Uganda, and this project to build 22 new wells in Loitokitok. There’s this project to build a new, deeper well that will provide 3000 in Garalol in Mauritania with improved water for 30 years, a new well and sanitation system for a school in Sebekoro in Mali, and a project to provide rope pumps and latrines for 10 schools in Zimtanga in Burkina Faso.

Photo credit: Aqua for All.