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‘Walk with Water’ fundraising event scheduled for Thursday, April 4, in NIU’s MLK Commons

March 20, 2013

Walk with WaterTanzania Development Support (TDS), a non-profit organization based in DeKalb,  is sponsoring a “Walk with Water” fundraising event from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons.

The event aims to raise funds for construction of a library in Nyegina, Tanzania, and give students and NIU community members the opportunity to better understand the hardships faced by people in countries where water is in short supply.

In some countries, people spend their entire days walking miles to get water. The task is typically assigned to children, most often girls, who walk for water instead of going to school.

TDS volunteers have seen this in Nyegina, where girls, sometimes barefoot, walk along the roadside carrying their yellow containers, large enough to hold four or five gallons. Once the containers are full, the girls balance them on their heads or strap them to their backs. The water is often dirty and contaminated with bacteria, but it’s all that is available.

TDS logoWalkers in the Walk with Water fundraiser will carry clean water, walk on flat terrain and wear shoes. Participants are asked to complete as many laps as possible while carrying up to five gallons.

The event is a way for individuals and teams to raise money for TDS by asking sponsors to donate based on the number of laps completed.

Several NIU teams are already planning to participate, and additional information and application forms are available on the TDS website.

TDS actively works to empower men, women and children in Tanzania to lift themselves out of poverty through education, training and community development. The nonprofit organization partners with grassroots NGOs in Tanzania and other supporting organizations to achieve its objectives.

Since 2008, TDS has raised funds to construct a dormitory and furnish bunk beds for 160 girls attending the Nyegina Secondary School. The dormitory was completed in spring 2012. The organization’s current project is the construction of the Nyegina Library and Community Resource Center, set to kick-off in spring/summer 2013.

For more information, call (815) 501-2224 or email [email protected].