[Jesus said,] “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, … just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25: 31-46
Walk for Water Event
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Eagle River Location
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. 4-mile Run/Walk
Three Eagle Trail (located on Railroad Street & Highway 70 behind the Dairy Queen & Associated Bank)
9:00 a.m. Walk
Start: Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 N Stevens Street
Walk to Hodag Park
Finish: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 21 W Timber Drive
Financial gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated. 100% of money given will go directly to Salem Lutheran Church in Flint, Michigan to support their “Water Ministry” – giving free bottled water and filters to families in need.
Checks, made payable to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Memo line: Walk for Water. Cash can be given at the “Walk for Water” start location or by dropping it off at the churches listed above.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
PO Box 535
Eagle River, WI 54521
THE WATER OPPORTUNITY
Clean water is one of the most powerful ways to make change in the world. When families have access to safe water they are healthier and stronger. Women and children have more time for work and school. And they earn more money and secure better opportunities for the future.
THE WATER CRISIS
The global water crisis doesn’t often make headlines, but the truth is that it claims more lives per year than war or natural disasters. Here are the facts:
- Nearly a billion people – that’s one out of seven people in our world today – lack access to safe drinking water.
- Today, 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation.
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.
- Water-related illnesses result in a loss of 443 million days of school attendance for children, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.*
- Millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water, limiting their social and economic potential.**
* UN Water Report, “Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk,” (v.1)
** UN News Center
IN THE UNITED STATES, your gifts provide water to families in rural areas who don’t have running water. In rural areas, water is often unsafe due to sanitation issues, argicultural and mining issues, and much needed infrasture repairs. Drought and natural disasters also affect a family’s ability to obtain clean water.
Currently about one out of every seven people, approximately 900 million of the of the nearly 7 billion on planet earth, live without access to clean drinking water. Even more frightening is that about one in three do not have access to sanitation. This lack of drinking water will affect their lives in many ways. If they or someone in their family gets sick, they lose time away from work or are less efficient in their jobs. This further exacerbates their economic insecurity. Acquiring clean water can occupy hours of a woman’s day. Children, instead of going to school, are carrying water. This also keeps families in a cycle of poverty. Sometimes, the journey is dangerous, which can lead to additional physical threats and disease.
According to www.water.org, in just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use.
Investment in safe drinking water and sanitation contributes to economic growth. For each $1 invested, the World Health Organization estimates returns of $3-$34 (on average $8), depending on the region and technology. That economic growth is the result of increased health and productivity.
Learn more about the water campaigns from Church World Service.
Information from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.