Leaving no one without water

Participants of the Walk gathering in the SKH Hall at the kick-off ceremony

On April 13, 2019, the Amity Foundation organized its 9th Walk for Living Water (WLW) event. Participants gathered at the SKH Ma on Shan Holy Spirit Primary School to advocate in respond of the United Nation's World Water Day, and raise money to provide sustainable water supplies in water deprived regions in Myanmar. This annual advocacy and fundraising event attracts families, volunteers, students, corporate groups and private and official institutions.

World Water Day 2019 theme is ‘Leaving no on behind – Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right’. The Walk is jointly organized with Amity's long year partner the Hong Kong Water Department. Donations of this year's event will be used to build wells and provide clean water systems for water deprived regions including in Myanmar.

Hong Kong Water Department provides educational game booths to raise awareness for water (left). Shops are selling organic products (right).

Volunteers organize family friendly handicraft workshops (left). Participants carrying buckets filled with rice (right).

Participants walked 3.6 kilometers on the Ma on Shan promenade to raise awareness of the fact that billions of people live without safe sanitation and drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Instead of water, the WLW participants were carrying bags of rice, which are donated afterwards to the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. Those will be distributed to families in need in Hong Kong. This year's WLW also featured an ecologically friendly market and fun activities at our annual carnival.

Carrying the buckets on the Ma On Shan promenade raises awareness for the worsening world water crisis

Amity's Walk for Living Water Campaign was established eight years ago, supporting people affected by a global water crisis, which is worsening. Besides Amity's annual Walk for Living Water, Amity provided fresh water trucking to people in Ethiopia in 2017. On May 2019, Amity will co-organize a conference with the World Council of Churches on Food and Water for Life! The Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030. This includes protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.