This year’s Water Walk hosted by Tanzania Development Support raised about $1,500 to support TDS’ mission and will be used towards buying books for the Nyegina Library. Fundraising to purchase books will educate people and empower many generations to come. Education will help Tanzanians fight their way out of poverty.
At the Water Walk, participants got to experience a day in the life of a Tanzanian woman on April 29 at Sycamore Lake Rotary Park in Sycamore by carrying jugs of water around the lake like many Tanzanian women do each day. Many walk five miles to the nearest water source, which is often a natural source of dirty water, fill a jerry can with 45 lbs. of water, then walk 5 miles home with the can balanced on their head. This is a necessary task for Tanzanians survive because their homes lack infrastructure such as running water so this water is used to drink, cook and bathe. Participants included NIU organizations such as the African Student Association and Black Male Initiative, Sycamore and DeKalb High School students and the Sycamore Girl Scouts.