5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Sunday, March 22, 2015

World Water Day and March 22, 2015

Photo Credit: Mike Bloem/CWS

"World Water Day" was started in 1993 with a declaration from the United Nations General Assembly. If you haven't tried the World Water Day Trivia Quiz presented by Church World Service  Click Here. Test your knowledge against the facts. The facts used in the Water Quiz were gathered from the World Water Day website, Water.org, and the Environmental Protection Agency

Clean water is something that so many of us take for granted, yet so many in the world desperately need.   Nearly two billion people worldwide drink unsafe water.  And every day, over 1,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera, caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. 

One of the major areas of focus in global development for Church World Service is water. CWS Global recognizes that nearly  a billion people worldwide don't have access to safe drinking water. It's usually the women and girls that walk to gather water for everyday basic needs. When they have access to water, the time they used to spend searching for water can be used for other everyday activities including going to school. According to Water.org (water/crisis/facts/women)  women and girls spend 140 million hours each day searching for water. 
Photo Credit: Paul Jeffries ACT

You can read more on the work CWS Global is doing in the area of water. Click Here. Sustainable and safe water makes a world of difference and funds from CROP Hunger Walks help CWS Global to work with partners to improve the standard of living for communities worldwide. 

Learn About Water: Helpful Websites

Most people are surprised to hear that just one gallon of water weighs 8 lbs. Trinity Hall High School took up the challenge in 2014 to walk the five mile route with each student carrying a gallon jug of water. (pictured) Student athletes from Brookdale Community College took up the challenge in 2013. Maybe you can challenge your family, or a group of friends to participate in a Lug A Jug Brigade for our 35th CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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