Walk for the Water-Spring 2020
What it means
As annual event at Austin High all AGS Freshmen shall take part in an Walk for Water. It is a tradition since 2015 to promote water issues faced by residents of Burundi in Africa
The goal is to show and experience what people in Burundi have to walk every day to get some fresh clean drinking water and to help to raise a fund, that helps the Gazelle Foundation, a non profit organization, to support Water projects in Africa.
Groups of students carry a 5 gallon water jug for 3 miles around the Lady Bird Lake. That is the distance every day for the people in Burundi to get access to clean water.
We were a group of 8 students, carrying the 5 gallon jug. The walk started at the school, walking down to the Lake to fill the jugs with water. This was the first difficulty. How to fill the jug? We tried it from the shore, but then a student had to take of the shoes and go into the lake to be able to immerse the jug. It was a lot of fun and some looked for a branch.
After that, every one should carrie the jug for a short while, but we hung the jug on the branch and two students on each side carried the branch with the canister. So we all worked together to find an easy way to carry it.
We had a lot of fun during the whole time, but after the first mile the jug became more and more heavy.
We alternated with carrying a lot to make the route, but it seems that the last mile gets longer and longer. But finally we made it all together!
What I learned
So this experience was very exciting and interesting. We had to work together and find a way together. We could help a lot of families with this event, not only raising the money for building water pipelines and fountains but also showing others how hard it is to live under the circumstances as the people in Africa.
I'm glad to live in a big city where the water comes „out f the wall“ and we only have to carry heavy water jugs buying them in the supermarket.
I think I appreciate more now the meaning of having fresh clean water every time and everywhere.
For the Gazelle Foundation we could raise almost 5.000$, that could help the people in Burundi.
I'm glad to take part in this great experience.
And You can be a part of this Change!
Visit the Gazelle FOundation's Website