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Gobi Desert Marathon

Running 155 Miles for Water

Paul Drossou is LWR’s country director for Indonesia. He works with rural communities in Indonesia to help families earn income, preserve their natural resources and protect themselves from the effects of natural disaster.

In his free time, Paul is passionate about is running. Last year, he ran in the Marathon of the Sands, a 151 mile race through the Sahara desert. And now, even as you are reading this, Paul is running in a race called the Gobi March ― a seven day, 155 mile trek through the Gobi desert in China that started on June 10. While running the race, he’s expected to carry all of his own supplies. Follow Paul’s journey on our blog.

Monica Mutungwa and a friend haul water. LWR helped drill and equip a borehole, construct a 35 cubic meter tank and three water pipelines to supply water households in the Mukaa District of Kenya.

Monica Mutungwa and a friend haul water. LWR helped drill and equip a borehole, construct a 35 cubic meter tank and three water pipelines to supply water households in the Mukaa District of Kenya.

As unbelievable as that sounds, the reality is that people living in rural, developing countries do this every day. Collectively, they trek countless miles across unforgiving terrain to collect water for their families. The task usually falls to women and girls, who walk an average of six kilometers, or nearly four miles. 1That’s time they could spend farming or going to school or doing other work to improve their lives.

LWR would like your help to make their long walk a bit shorter. Your donation can provide clean, abundant water to impoverished communities around the world to use for drinking, sanitation and irrigation.

And that water will make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives, helping farmers to grow crops and families to stay healthy.

So what do you say? If you’ve ever thought you can’t make a difference in the lives of poor people around the world, consider this: the possibility of you touching and changing a life is no crazier than, say, a man running 155 miles through the desert.

Give today and learn more about how LWR is providing water to communities around the world.

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