As part of its summer focus on extreme poverty, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church will host Walk4Water, a one-mile walk designed to simulate the experience of villagers in rural Africa who lack direct access to clean water. The family-friendly event takes place at MPPC in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 pm — and the community is invited to attend. Registration is available online.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other sources, millions die from lack of clean water every year, including 1.5 million infants and children under the age of five. “Extreme poverty is one of the most pressing social, spiritual, and economic problems in the world today,” says Mark Swarner, MPPC Mission Pastor. “Lack of clean water, and other issues such as human trafficking, deforestation, hunger, preventable disease, crime, corruption, educational disparity, and lack of sustainable income,ensnare the poorest of the poor. But extreme poverty can be ended; and as a faith community, we are pleased to host this event as part of a much larger global effort.”
MPPC will donate $25 per registered Walk4Water participant to World Vision and Living Water International clean water projects around the world. MPPC’s giving goal of $37,500 will provide enough wells to generate 1.3 million gallons of clean, drinkable, water each year, saving thousands from deadly water-borne disease and death and improving lives.
Photo of 2012 Walk4Water event by Jim Kirkland