Why Zambia Is a Lot Closer Than 9,772 Miles to Lake Oswego, Oregon

W4W6_4bucketsquare reducedA map may tell you that Zambia is 9,772 miles from Lake Oswego. But people and events like this Saturday’s Walk4Water6 bring the two much closer together.

 Walk4Water is in its sixth year in Lake Oswego and features a stroller friendly two mile journey, beginning and ending at Foothills Park. Participants walk to the water source, fill their buckets and return, just like Zambian villagers must do everyday. Funds support World Vision’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program (ZWASH). So far over $1 million has been raised, improving the lives of over 20,000 Zambian villagers.

 Who and what else bridges this distance between Lake Oswego and Zambia?

Bill and Diane Savage. They are Lake Oswego residents who have been spending their retirement years working to raise awareness about the need for safe water and sanitation in developing countries through WaterAfrica, the sponsoring organization of Walk4Water. On a World Vision trip to Zambia in 2005 through the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Bill went for a walk with a rural village woman to collect water for her family. When she stopped at a mud hole and scooped up dirty brown water that was the best she could find, he realized he had to do something to help.

Education. Lake Oswego prides itself on an award winning school system that draws families to live here and increases property values. That value for education connects Lake Oswegans to Zambians where the lack of proper sanitation and clean water prevents young girls from getting the education they need. The United Nations reported that poor sanitation facilities in schools prevent girls in developing countries from attending school, especially during menstruation. In addition the time commitment it takes for many young girls to retrieve their families’ water everyday, presents another barrier to them completing their education.

Lake Oswego City Council. The City Council has showed their support for reaching out to Zambian villagers by proclaiming the day of the Walk4Water, “WaterAfrica Day.”

Youth. My son has never been to Zambia but 300 villagers in Matambo, Zambia now enjoy clean drinking water from a well he helped fund through a dodge ball tournament he sponsored while at Lakeridge High School. My daughter, Casey, raised money towards WaterAfrica’s efforts through cookie sales when she was a junior at Lakeridge as well. Currently Lake Oswego High School sophomores Colin Favero and Jack Kehoe have been trying to enlist student support for the Walk4Water6 at their high school.

You can bridge the distance too by registering for Walk4Water6 today. The Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Fees are: $10/student,child; $35/Individual; $70/Family; $250/Family Sponsorship.

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I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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One Response to Why Zambia Is a Lot Closer Than 9,772 Miles to Lake Oswego, Oregon

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