Aug 3, 2013 7:04 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

First ever Walk for Hope demonstrates importance of clean water access

Millions of people in Africa lack easy access to clean water. To bring that number down, one local organization is showing people just how difficult it can be to live without clean water.

Seeds of Hope International Partnerships hosted its first ever Walk for Hope Saturday at Mountainbrook Community Church in San Luis Obispo.

Participants went on a one or five mile route. Along the way, they had to collect and carry water. They could also learn about other health and social problems that many people run into every day.

"Water really is life in Africa. When you can settle the water issue, you can do so many other things. Cholera is defeated. In several villages in Zambia, we've literally been able to wipe out the whole issue of Cholera," said Bobby deLancellotti, who serves on the Board of Directors for Seeds of Hope.

Since 2003, Seeds of Hope has helped over 600,000 people in Zambia get clean water. They also provide people with a number of job training programs.

deLancellotti says they have plans to host two more local Walk for Hope events later this year.



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