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October 12, 2023


In 2001, George and Molly Greene started Water Mission with a vision that all people have safe water and an opportunity to experience God’s love. Molly also wanted to provide an opportunity for others to understand the day-to-day experience of the 2.2 billion people affected by the global water crisis. So, in 2006, we created the Walk for Water to simulate the trek women and children make every day to collect water.  

George and Molly Greene open the 2014 Walk for Water. 

During the Walk for Water, participants walk approximately 1.5 miles to a midway point with an empty bucket. There, they fill their bucket with dirty water and carry it another 1.5 miles to the end of the Walk.

The first Walk for Water was held in Charleston, SC, which remains the location for our flagship event. Since then, churches, community groups, and corporate partners have embraced the vision for the Walk for Water, and the program has spread across the United States. Longtime partners Grundfos, Georg Fischer, and Hach have expanded their Walks to include international offices.

As the Walk for Water continues to grow, our purpose is the same: to provide communities, organizations, and companies with an opportunity to raise awareness about the global water crisis and funds to fight it.



Today, you’ll use water countless times—to drink, cook, shower, brush your teeth, and more—without worrying about whether the water is safe.

2.2 Bill_Why We WalkEvery day, millions of women and children worldwide walk more than three miles to collect water for their families. The only available water is often contaminated, exposing their families to dangerous waterborne diseases.