Water For People World Water Classic

Fri September 29 - Sun October 8, 2023

Why 6k?

Why are we doing a 6k instead of 5k? It's simple - because 6k is the average distance women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa walk each day to collect water for their families.

Here are more reasons to get involved:

  • Women and girls specifically are responsible for water collection in 8 out of 10 households without water on site.
  • Each additional 15 minutes spent walking for water is associated with a 12% reduction in girls’ school attendance.
  • Collectively around the world, women and girls spend 200 million hours each day gathering water.
  • The 5-gallon containers of water often carried can weigh over 40 pounds when filled 

There’s an urgent need for sustainable solutions to ensure access to safe water and promote gender equality. That’s why Water For People is driving lasting access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services that are equitable to all and bring health and prosperity to communities. 
By joining the World Water Classic, you’re powering this work. You’re helping end these long walks for water. You’re helping change the futures of women and girls around the world. 

You can learn more about the impact on women and girls on Water For People's website


India Schoolgirls look at a book

A woman in Malawi walks with a water container on her head and a baby on her back

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