Nuru Walk For Water

Event Date

Sat, Jul 12, 2014


Bridgeport, WV

About This Activity

Imagine living on $300 a year!! That is the definition of "extreme poverty" that Nuru International is tackling every day! Nuru is a non-profit organization with a multi-faceted approach to attacking the struggles people have living in extreme poverty. Can you even wrap your mind around such a struggle to survive?

The Nuru Walk for Water sponsored by the Bridgeport Juniors will begin at 10:30 A.M. on July 12th as part of the Benedum Festival.  "This event is a unique one in that walkers won’t just be walking to raise money for Nuru. During the walk, the participants will carry water collection buckets on their heads – actually carrying water in a style similar to that of women and children who reside in Kenya, Ethiopia and other impoverished countries. Participants will be walking a mile in the shoes of so many impoverished," said Sarah Dodson, co-President of the GFWC Bridgeport Juniors. 

It’s not unusual for those women and children to spend an entire day walking several miles to bring water back to their families. Many times, that water isn’t even clean. Because carrying water fills up their days, there is rarely opportunity for the young people of these extremely poor communities to attend school. Nuru, founded by native West Virginian Jake Harriman, is a 501(c)3 organization building the world's first self-sustaining, self-scaling, integrated development model to end extreme poverty.

The walk will start at the Bridgeport City Park. Your AMAZING self will walk carrying 5 gallon orange buckets donated by Home Depot. The Nuru Walk for Water will be approximately a mile trek…allowing participants the experience of walking a mile in their shoes.

"Last year we raised $1,00 for Nuru, and this year, we hope to shatter that number. When people are living on less than $300 per year, every $20 registration we receive truly makes a difference," stated Dodson. All proceeds will go to Nuru International.

We are going to ROCK THIS!!

If you are a business owner or just a mover and a shaker and would like to contribute to this event in the form of a donation or sponsorship, please contact Sarah Dodson at or go to our link to make a tax-deductable donation:

To see the story of how Nuru Internation came to be, check out Jake's Story at

Event schedule and times

WHEN is it happening?!: Same-day registration opens at 9:00 A.M.  The walk starts at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 12th

WHERE is it takin' place?!: We will travel from the Bridgeport City Park, out in front of Johnson Elementary School, traveling in front of Bridgeport High School and back to the park. We then will fill up our buckets (if you choose to do so) and walk 1/2 loop around the park, coming down the middle of the park to end our walk.

WHO is doin' it?!: Participants ages 11-120 may choose to carry a 5 gallon bucket on their head. Children 10 and under may carry an orange sand pail. You may also have the option of just walking or you may carry one of the informative signs that we will have on site.

What ever should I WEAR?!: Please wear your biggest smile, comforatble clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Strappy sandals (not made for hiking) and flip flops are hazardous and should not be worn.  If you are carrying a bucket with water, you may get wet, so plan ahead if you need to bring a change of clothing.

Where should I park my cool ride?: Park your vehicle at the Bridgeport City Park or in the parking lot behind the Bridgeport High School.

Be ready to make a difference! :)

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