Fundraising and projects
Fundraising through the sponsored walk of the children is a mandatory part of the event. Previous experience has shown that each participating child raises an average of € 25. The money raised by the children will go to a specific water project in a developing country.
Each school can choose its own specific drinking water and/or sanitation project, as long as it is aimed at marginalised poor in rural areas or slum areas in the developing world. To get an idea of appropriate projects, check out www.akvo.org, or the list of projects for 2012.
All projects in Akvo are screened and monitored to ensure quality. Project progress is shared online by the field teams concerned, using short text updates, photos, and video. Children and parents can see progress as it happens.
In some cases, local organisers prefer to support a project from an organisation that they already have contacts with. If the project fulfills the quality standards of Akvo, we can help get the project online. Our goal is to make all supported projects as transparent and accessible as possible. This allows schools to see how others have done elsewhere and children get the chance to track how the projects develop over time.
In the most ideal case the funds raised by the children will go for 100% to the Water and Sanitation projects chosen by the Support Centre or School. However there are some costs that need to be covered by the organisation of a Walking for Water event. First of all, the cost of the local event, such as backpacks, printing costs, and presents for volunteers.
Previous experience shows that these costs can usually can be easily covered by volunteer contributions and local sponsors.