Walk for Water 2019

On Friday, December 6th, Fifth Grade students braved the cold and headed over to the Johns Hopkins Homewood Field to participate in Calvert School’s Eighth Annual Walk for Water to raise money for clean drinking water in African communities.
This is Calvert’s fourth year partnering with The Water Project, which organizes in-country teams that build water wells, sand dams, spring protections, and other water solutions in Sub-Saharan African communities.

In the previous three years that Calvert has partnered with The Water Project, a total of $33,971.95 has been raised to bring cleaner water to over 1,950 people. This year Calvert has hopes to raise another $10,000 for this cause. Click here to donate today.

Details of the ways in which five communities have benefited from Calvert’s generosity over the years are below:


2016: Bumira Secondary School
Vihiga County, Kenya
Rainwater catchment (240 people)
In Service May 2017
Last checked 10/9/19
  • Before the project:
    • No clean water source at school
    • Students carried water from home
    • Sometimes allowed to walk to primary section to get water
    • If primary section well dry, walk 5 miles to a river that is also used for bathing, clothes washing, and by animals
    • Two pit latrines, long lines, no hand washing
  • Because of the project:
    • Access to safe, clean water
    • New latrines
    • Improved health
    • More time to study
    • Student population grew


2017: Shiyunzu Community, Kenya
Protected spring (210 people)
Aim to provide access, protect, filter, and purify abundant waters from two seasonal rains.
In service in May 2018 
Last checked 11/6/19
  • Brought the community closer together
    • Have safe, clean water
  • Started a vegetable gardening project
    • Source of food - helping with food security
    • Brings an income
  • Clean water = better health
    • Community members say they are feeling better with less visits to the hospital
    • Less school absences due to water borne illnesses 
  • Keeping water source clean
    • No personal washing at the source
    • No cattle grazing or drinking from the source


2017: Musabale Primary School
Navakholo, Kenya
Rainwater catchment (500 people)
Project completed August 2018
Last checked 10/9/19
  • Before the project:
    • Did not have enough clean water or latrines - students carried contaminated water from their homes to school
  • Because of the project:
    • Have safe, clean water
    • Great improvement in personal hygiene and sanitation at the school


2018: Khabukoshe Primary School
Matungu, Kenya
Rainwater catchment (500 people)
Project completed April 2019
Last checked 8/24/19
  • Before the project:
    • No clean water source at school
    • Open, unprotected hand-dug well (hole in the ground) - students risked falling in 
    • Students don’t drink enough during day
    • School cook used contaminated water from the well for all food
  • Because of the project:
    • Have safe, clean water
    • Great improvement in personal hygiene and sanitation at the school


2018: UBA Senior Secondary School
Port Loko, Sierra Leone
Borehole well and hand pump (500 people)
Project completed May 2019
Last checked 8/9/19
  • Before the project:
    • Well in need of rehabilitation 
    • Well would run dry for months at a time
    • Walk to another community where The Water Project had worked - long walk, long lines, stressing the water point
    • Miss class due to walking for the water and water related illnesses
  • Because of the project:
    • Have safe, clean water
    • Great improvement in personal hygiene and sanitation at the school
    • Classes held on sanitation and hygiene
    • Less missed days of school, less water related illnesses
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