North Forsyth High School Young Hearts for Africa club will host the 1st annual ‘Walk for Water’ at the North Forsyth High School cross country track on Sunday, November 22, 2009, at 1:00 pm. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about the plight of children in Africa who must walk 4 miles every day to carry 50 pounds of water to their families. Registration is only $10 and proceeds from the event will benefit Young Hearts travelling to Kenya this December to work at an orphanage supported by Heart for Africa and to support Heart for Africa’s water initiatives in Swaziland.
‘Walk for Water’ participants will walk a total of 4 miles – 2 miles to the ‘well’ and 2 miles back similar to the journey children in Africa make each day to get water for their families. Some walkers will carry a 50 pound sandbag back from the well – the same weight as the water carried by the children in Africa.
Heart for Africa is a faith-based not-for-profit 501c3 charity. Working with partners in Africa, they provide self sustainable homes for orphans and vulnerable children through long term programs and short term service trips that deliver quality care, shelter, food, water, clothing, health care, social work, mentoring and education. They currently serve in three countries in Africa: Kenya, Malawi, and Swaziland.
In the past three and a half years, Heart for Africa has helped over 3,500 people travel to Africa as part of their program. Volunteers have taken 11 days to go to Africa and see for themselves the challenges of this continent and have made a commitment to making a change in the lives of those they encountered. They believe that while they may not be able to save every life in Africa, that one person at a time, the people of United States can have a serious impact on the lives of millions on this continent.
Young Hearts for Africa is a group of high school students who have committed themselves to effecting positive changes in Africa. These outstanding students have led several community wide fundraising initiatives to purchase Bibles for orphans in Kenya and to financially support children living in orphanages supported by Heart for Africa.More Related Info