About 160 kids and adults walked from Glen Ellyn’s Ben Franklin Elementary School to Lake Ellyn on Sunday, about a mile and a half trek, filled jugs of water, then hauled them back, simulating the daily trials that people in many parts of the world undergo to bring their water home, the Suburban Life reports.
According to the paper, the “Walk for Water” was the third annual event of Living Water Chicago and raised $4,000 for a project working to improve access to potable water in India, one of many places where people often walk three, five or even seven to fetch the crucial liquid—which sometimes isn’t even clean.
“Water is really the building block for change in a community,” Glen Ellyn resident and event organizer Jonathan Jackson told the paper (the event started with the community of Parkview Community Church.) ““It’s hard to find serving opportunities for little kids, so we found out about this and thought it would be a great opportunity for our family to serve together.”
“I believe this is a financial issue, and it’s one that we can solve with enough resources,” Dave Davis, director of Living Water Chicago, added to the paper. “[This event exposes] the community to the water crisis and how they can have an impact.”