GET DIRTY FOR CLEAN WATER!
The theme of this event is "Get Dirty for Clean Water" because the proceeds of this year's Kalamazoo Mud Run support ActiveWater in providing clean water to roughly 10,000 people.
Why water in Kaloko?
Every day in Kaloko, Zambia, families gather their water from any above ground source they can find. At one point the village had seven wells, but now all those wells are broken. The water the villagers use now is unsafe and often leads to illnesses - some even deadly. Carrying heavy buckets of water for hours each day is also a tremendous hardship on the community. It keeps many of the local children from going to school and often prevents parents from working full days like they need to.
The Kalamazoo Mud Run will support the village of Kaloko by sponsoring the needed repairs to get all seven wells back up and running, as well as provide additional wells, community hygiene and sanitation training, and even parts inventory for future well repair and maintenance.
We're Glocal! (Global + Local)
In 2013, we added a local mission to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. A portion of the funds raised will be dedicated to feeding hungry people in Kalamazoo and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger.
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:37-38)