Key Club prepares for Thirst Project walk


Thirst Project

Children collect water into a jerry can. Many children ages eight to 13 have had to fetch water daily which have prevented them from going to school.

Women and children in the Kingdom of eSwatini and many other countries walk around 3.75 miles daily to fetch water from a source. This prevents children between the ages of eight to 13 from going to school and women from getting jobs to support their families. The Thirst Project is the world’s largest youth water organization with the goal of providing water to all of the Kingdom of eSwatini, also known as Swaziland, by the year 2022.

“This is important because there are many thousands of women and children in Africa who have to walk many miles a day sometimes pregnant to collect water than carry it back,” senior and Key Club vice president JJ Parker said. “On top of this, the water they collect isn’t even clean. They do all this work to get dirty water which is the best they can find which gives people illnesses like cholera and different parasites, a number of which are fatal.”

Youth around the world fundraise using “Thirsty 30,” a 30-day campaign to raise money to build wells by assigning a number to an envelope and each individual having to raise that amount of money. Northwest Key Club participated in this fundraiser last year, but this year, they are going a different route to create a more hands-on learning experience.

“The Thirst Project walk is a walk to help raise money to help build wells in Swaziland,” senior and Key Club co-president Emily Waterfield said.

The walk is to stimulate what is like to walk to fetch water by carrying heavy buckets. Usually, women and children carry five-gallon jerry cans full of water that can weigh up to 44 pounds.

“We are going to walk on the track on Mon. April 8 and have teams of three to five people to walk by carrying buckets to represent the way the mothers have to carry water for miles,” Waterfield said.

The goal for this walk is to raise at least $37.70 per team and all funds will go to the Thirst Project to help fund for a well.

“I hope that Key Club can show other people what the Thirst Project does and what their goal is instead of just giving the money blindly and not knowing what they’re helping,” junior and Key Club treasurer Hinal Patel said.

Sign up here to participate in the Thirst Project Walk on April 8.