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Walking For Water
May 9 2015
8:30 AM - 2 PM

Join us for a walk to raise money for the Dagara people to get water!

This year's fundraising walk is May 9, 2015 at Morven Park in Leesburg VA (near Washington, DC).

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In Burkina Faso, Women & Children Walk for Miles Each Day to Carry Water...

In Burkina Faso and in many countries in Africa women & children walk for miles each day to carry water for their villages. Many of the creeks and hand-dug wells contain disease and dry out during dry season. Drought kills the crops, the animals and starvation drives many villagers to the cities threatening their ancient and natural way of life.

There's good news! Clean sustainable sources of water have been found.

Walking for Water is a fundraiser — created by teenagers in Leesburg, VA — for the benefit of indigenous people in Africa. Join us for a walk in the countryside near Washington, DC, at the Morven Park Equestrian Center to raise money for the Dagara people to get water.

Wisdom Spring, Inc.
Walking for Water
5960 South Land Park Drive #200
Sacramento, CA 95822

For more information, e-mail: Walking4h2o@gmail.com

About 'Walking for Water'


In 2004 Kristen Karinshak a sophomore from Heritage High school in Leesburg, VA learned that in the villages of Burkina Faso, West Africa, mothers and children have to walk up to 6 hours with heavy jugs on their heads to get water for their families, she decided to take action. At age 15, she co-led her first fundraising event by organizing 15 teenagers to start Walking For Water.

The first year we built five wells for the Dagara people. Today, Walking For Water has raised over $300,000 for the people of Burkina Faso to help drill water wells. The wells provide clean sustainable sources of water. Today, with the support of generous people like you, we have put in 26 wells. With the continuous drought situation, we need more wells to diverge from the remaining water sources that often contain disease. During her trip to Africa, Kristen also learned that there are droughts of many kinds: of medicine, of education and of rain. Drought kills the crops, animals and people. In addition, starvation, lack of schools and medicine drive many villagers to the overcrowded, poverty-stricken cities, which could destroy the entire culture.

Walking For Water is devoted to giving the waters of life to the indigenous villages. At Wisdom Spring, we combine village wisdom with Western drilling technology. We funds wells, medicine, education and more. The goal: to reclaim the land and the rich culture that sustains indigenous culture.

We are Walking! — Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 8:30AM

Join us for a walk in the country at beautiful Morven Park Equestrian center to raise money to bring resources to the indigenous people of West Africa.

Heritage High Club teenage members plan to increase their commitment by raising $100,000!

Date & Time Saturday,May 9, 2015 — 8.30 AM - 2 PM — We will walk RAIN or SHINE.
Pick up T-Shirts and turn in your fund-raising contributions starting at 7 am.
Location Morven Park’s Equestrian Center
41793 Tutt Lane
Leesburg, VA
(703) 777-2890

The Center is located one mile North of the town of Leesburg. Take Route 15 North from Leesburg, Turn left onto Tutt Lane (Route 740), make the first left (about 1/4 mile) into the entrance.

Event T-Shirts This year, choose from 3 colors (green, orange and purple), and short or long sleeves! Order Here
Walk Distance10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles)

Win one of two great prizes:

  • 1 night with breakfast ($300 value) at the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg VA
  • A foursome of golf at River Creek
  • To enter, contact us at: Walking4h2o@gmail.com

    Post-Walk Celebration
    & Prizes

    Moon Bounces, Face Painting, AND Games!!! Local singers and dancers!

    Join us after the walk. At about 10.45am, we will reveal the fund-raising winners, give out prizes and announce the grand total raised. Program leaders and author/writer Sobonfu Somé will also update us on the impact these youth programs have made and lead us in a celebration. Sobonfu started carrying water for her tribe at age 4 and is excited to now be carrying help back to her country through your generosity.

    Food available from Jersey Mikes, and other fare.

    Fund-Raising Prizes

    OVER $500 of door prizes at the event from The Cheesecake Factory, Best Buy, Bonefish, Outback, and others!

    You don't have to walk or be present to be elegible for the fund-raisers prizes. Generous prizes have been donated by local businesses. All donations must be turned in before the walk on May 9th to be eligible. If you have a prize to donate for the fund-raisers, please call Cheri Faley at 703) 201-9709 or Susan Hough at 703 505-5152.

    Volkssport CreditThis walk is sanctioned by the non-profit American Volkssport Association (AVA), a member of the international Federation of Popular Sports (IVV); those who register and participate are eligible for credit toward IVV Volkssport Achievement Awards.


    Registration Fees $20 per adult
    $10 per student 18 & under
    Deadline/How to RegisterThere are three ways to register. Note you must pre-register to order a t-shirt.
    • Register Online
    • Mail a check (payable to Wisdom Spring) and your registration form to:
      Wisdom Spring, Inc.
      Walking For Water
      5960 South Land Park Drive #200
      Sacramento, CA 95822
    • Sign up on May 9th at the walk.
    Questions?Cheri Faley, 703) 201-9709
    Susan Hough, (703) 505-5152
    OR, email Walking4h2o@gmail.com


    • We use 25 gallons of water to take a bath.
    • Everyday Dagara women walk miles carrying approx. 25 gallons of water on their head for the tribe. Children start carrying water at age 3.
    • UNICEF reports that 99% of children in the USA attend school.
    • UNICEF estimates that 27% of children attend school in Burkina Faso.
    • The World Health Organization estimates that 16 per 1000 children in the USA will die before age 5.
    • The WHO estimates that 449 per 1000 children in Burkina Faso will die before the age of 5.


    » May 9th — Join us for "Walking for Water" in Leesburg VA