Community College Transition Year Students Walking for Water

Castleisland Community College students who took part in the Walking for Water Challenge to highlight the difficulties for children in the developing world due to water shortages. Front from left: Hubert Turkiewicz , Gemma Burke , Katelyn Brennan , Leah O’Connell , Gabriele Voveryte, Joanna Browne and Laura Twomey. Back: Julianne Murphy, Ann Marie Callaghan, Joan Seurat Santori, Alannah Riordan-Butler, Hannah Trautvetter, Miriam Katharina Bohlert, Siobhan O’Donoghue, Airidas Budrys and Donnacha McSweeney.

Castleisland Community College Transition Year students recently took part in the Aidlink’s Walking for Water campaign.

They did so in solidarity with children and teenagers across the globe who have to undertake arduous journeys every day to collect water for their families.

World Water Day

“This action is one of many initiatives which took place around the world this spring to celebrate World Water Day,” said college teacher, Doreen Killington.

“The impact of climate change means that the rainy season is delayed and water is scarce.

“In some parts of Kenya, children walk an average of six kilometres per day to collect water, carrying up to 20 litres of water on their journey.

A Cycle of Poverty

“These children, usually girls, are unable to remain in school and without education they find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

“Unfortunately, the water the Kenyan children collect is often unclean, contributing to a situation where 2,000 children are sick every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Kenyan Counterparts

“Ending the water and sanitation crisis will help break the poverty cycle, increase school attendance and save lives.

“The Walk for Water initiative helps Irish students relate to the challenges faced by their Kenyan counterparts and offers an opportunity for reflection and learning.

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