During his trip to Honduras with Water 1st in March 2009, Michael visited completed water projects in rural villages as well as projects under construction, like this one in Tierra Colorado, Lempira.  The communities themselves are completely invested in the projects, contributing 100% of the labor needed for construction as well as 100% of the ongoing water system maintenance costs.  Proceeds from this weekend's CARRY 5 Walk for Water in Tucson will support sustainable water and sanitaiton projects like this one.
During his trip to Honduras with Water 1st in March 2009, Michael visited completed water projects in rural villages as well as projects under construction, like this one in Tierra Colorado, Lempira. The communities themselves are completely invested in the projects, contributing 100% of the labor needed for construction as well as 100% of the ongoing water system maintenance costs. Proceeds from this weekend’s CARRY 5 Walk for Water in Tucson will support sustainable water and sanitaiton projects like this one.

The Tucson Weekly is helping us get the word out about this weekend’s CARRY 5 Walk for Water at the University of Arizona.  UA hydrology senior and event organizer Michael Barnes is quoted in the piece:

“The walk represents the daily struggle to obtain water, and through participating, we can help end it.  Participants carry (5 gallons of) water with them as they walk, allowing them to experience part of what people struggle with daily as they gather unclean water from streams and ponds.

“While this weekend’s Carry5 Walk for Water will be a learning experience for participants, the walks made in other countries can be a matter of life and death.

“The lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitary latrines is the top public-health problem in the world and the no. 1 killer of children in the world. By walking, we can make a very concrete impact on the lives of those in need of clean water.”

University of Arizona Student Michael Barnes (2nd from left wearing backpack) visiting Water 1st funded water projects under construction in Lempira, Honduras
University of Arizona Student Michael Barnes (2nd from left wearing backpack) visiting Water 1st funded water projects under construction in Lempira, Honduras

Full story here – scroll to the very bottom of the page and look for the “Thirst Quencher” headline.

The walk begins at 8 am on Sunday (before it gets too hot in sunny Tucson) on the west side of Old Main.  There will be live music playing to keep walkers entertained during the event.

This is an all ages event, and it’s an especially great event for kids.

Registration is FREE, so if you’d like to attend, simply show up on Sunday at 8 am.  Michael and fellow organizers will have 1 gallon milk jugs filled with water for you to use, or bring your own container.  If you don’t want to hold the water container in your hands or on your head, you’ll also need to bring something to carry the water container in – such as a backpack – or bring a bed sheet to tie it on your back,  like women do in Ethiopia.

And you might want to bring some drinking water and snacks for yourself too.  It’s hard work carrying water!

For more information, visit our website.  We hope to see you there!