| Jun 18, 2013
Day Six — Yelm to Centralia, WA
19 miles walked today
119 miles to go
When I started to prepare for this Celebration Walk, one of the first things I figured out was the importance of taking along enough water to stay hydrated.
Each day, before I start walking, I always make sure I have a bottle of water with me. And, if I run out of water, I’ll leave my route or backtrack on the path just to refill the bottle. Having enough water is so important. I can’t walk very far without it.
Access to clean drinking water is also very important to the people that Medical Teams International serves around the world.
People like Herlinda, whom Lynn and I met when we visited her community, high in the mountains of Guatemala.
To get enough water for her family of seven, Herlinda walks 40 minutes up a steep mountain path to a spring. She fills her jug with water, and starts the 40-minute walk down the mountain. She does this three times a day. That's about four hours of walking for water each day.
On laundry day, Herlinda carries the family laundry up the mountain path. Some of her children come with her because it takes most of the day to do the laundry. She washes the clothes at the spring, rubbing them against rocks to get the clothes clean. Then she carries the wet laundry back down the mountain path. She will need to go up the mountain two more times that same day just to get water for cooking, drinking, and hand washing.
Recently, all of that changed for Herlinda. A volunteer team from Medical Teams International helped the community to lay 5 miles of pipe from the spring in the mountain. Now each home in the community has a water spigot.
Now, Herlinda no longer needs to spend four hours of her day getting water. It's right at her home.
When I take a drink from my water bottle as I walk, I think of Herlinda and I thank God for the volunteers who helped bring clean water to her community.
Just another reason to celebrate.