The event will help residents of Gondar city in Ethiopia construct wells in local neighborhoods and villages around Gondar and provide a source of clean water they previously lacked.

By James Day, for Corvallis Gazette-Times |

Corvallis, OR―The Corvallis Sister Cities Association is hosting its annual Walk for Water on May 21.

The 5-kilometer event starts at 9:30 a.m. and finishes at the Benton County Fairgrounds and benefits water projects in Gondar, Ethiopia. Corvallis has had a sister city relationship with Gondar since 2005.

Proceeds from the event will help residents of Gondar construct wells in local neighborhoods and villages around Gondar and provide a source of clean water they previously lacked.

“I have learned during my visits to Gondar that the wells we construct can provide much more than water,” said Richard Raymond of the Sister Cities Association. “They provide significant employment for the local contractors and workers who actually build the well. One village was able to open a recently completed high school that had been closed because there was no water for the students.

“At another village where we built a water source by developing a local spring the increased and constant flow of water encouraged local farmers to build a small diversion and aqueduct to develop and irrigate a nearby field to grow potatoes.”

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