Lighting the Dark
"One day I was sitting at home and I was searching like things that were going on in the world and I found out that water is something that was in huge need."
Allen Barker never thought he would be quitting his job to walk through 8 states to raise awareness on a worldwide issue.
"We should walk from Florida to Kansas so people can actually see visually that people walk this every year and most kids start at like six and they'll carry fifty pounds of water when they do it."
Allen and his partner Hugh Mason are on the 12th day of their Water Walk event.
"We are headed to Gainesville today. Should be a good day."
They chose to walk 1400 miles from West Palm Beach to Overland, Kansas in honor of millions of women and children who walk that same distance every year just to get water for their families.
Barker and Mason are targeting one specific country.
"We went to Haiti before the earthquake and then after the earthquake we really felt the need to focus on water. They really needed water there."
There goal is building thirty-three water wells in different locations around Haiti. Preferably near churches and schools.
One local family was so touched by what these two men were doing that they decided to book a hotel room for them.
"I am very impressed with them and their commitment. They really believe in their cause that they are walking," says Cathy Frontera, a local citizen who rented a room for them.
Each water well cost about $5,000, which means these guys are hoping to raise a total of $165,000 to reach their goal.
"If we can get the $165,000 for that, I would just be ecstatic. I'll be so overwhelmed. I'll be so happy."
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By: Yaremi Farinas
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