Bangor Students Walk for Water

Catherine Pegram

Some high school students in Bangor spent part of Monday walking for water. About 40 John Bapst Memorial High School students walked through downtown Bangor, then on to Eastern Maine Medical Center and back. They’re members of the Student Environmental Action Committee.The walk was designed raise awareness about the need for clean water everywhere, especially in the West African country of Burkina Faso,which is one of the poorest in the world.The students covered about three miles – the same distance people in Burkina Faso walk each day for five gallons of water.Sophomore Christina Long says, “The only water they can find is dirty and it cause preventable diseases, such as cholera. And we want to help them as much as we can because water is a basic human right and we think everyone should be able to have it.”The students are organizing a community-wide walk on October 2nd to raise money for the Barka Foundation, which supports clean water efforts in Burkina Faso. For more information, you can go to the website,