"It's not fair. We just have to go to the sink to get water."
Greta was almost eight when she first said these words. Now four years later, she led hundreds of Mars Hill community members and their friends and family on a fourth annual Walk for Water.
After watching a WaterAid video about people around the world who have to walk miles to the nearest water source—water that is often dirty and contaminated—Greta and her family decided that her eighth birthday was the perfect opportunity to do something about it. So they invited her friends to join her in a “walk for water” [a birthday game idea they learned about through World Vision and World Water Day].
Eighty participants walked from Greta’s backyard to a nearby creek, gathered water, and carried it back—just like those in the WaterAid video had. Instead of birthday presents, Greta’s friends donated whatever they would have spent to clean water efforts.
The following year, twice as many people joined in.
Now, after its fourth year, the Walk for Water has evolved from a backyard birthday game to a church-wide, nationwide, and worldwide event, raising money and awareness for those in need of access to clean water.
Greta was proud to see so many people show up this year to walk for water and giving life to the dream of a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water.
“Anyone can change the world in some way.”