Backpacking the Long Trail for Clean Water

Backpacking the Long Trail for Clean Water

About This Campaign

Two recent Keene State College graduates will be backpacking the 270 mile Vermont Long Trail to raise money that will provide clean water to the communities around the world that Wine to Water directly works with. Specifically, 100% of the donations will go towards sustainable ceramic water filters. See the full story below!

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  • Vermont
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Jun 11, 2016 12:00 am to
  • Jul 02, 2016 12:00 am
  • Campaign by Will Holden

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Wine To Water

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We're a small team based in Boone, NC, who believes ordinary people, in community, can make an extraordinary difference in the world.  This movement began in 2004 when our founder, Doc Hendley, while bartending in Raleigh, NC, learned about the world’s water crisis.  Once captured by the cause, Doc felt the need to do something about it.  So, he did. He did what he knew best…pour some wine, beer, and spirits, play some music, and have a great time with friends. When it was all said and done, a few thousand dollars was raised due to the generosity of the community.  With some money in hand, Doc soon found himself in Darfur, in the midst of a war, working to provide clean water to those who were in desperate need in desperate times.  Thus, Wine To Water was born.    

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Back in January of 2014, Will Holden and Bentley Reif, childhood best friends, embarked on the first international service trip as part of a Keene State College Alternative Break team. They traveled by car, plane, van, and boat in order to make it to an indigenous island off the coast of  Panama where they worked to renovate educational facilities for indigenous children. They learned the power of teams and collaboration while there and were eager to do more back on their Keene State campus. 

The following year Will Holden led a trip to the Dominican Republic focused on clean water and sanitation again through the Alternative Breaks program at Keene State and then Bentley led a trip the following year to the Dominican Republic as well.

In the Dominican Republic, Will and Bentley both saw the hardships of life without a basic human need...water. They met communities, families, and individuals who were sick or had been sick from drinking poor water, but they also participated in the creation of sustainable ceramic water filters and distributed them to families in need, showing them that a solution is possible. 

While both of them were there,  although at separate times, they began to understand service trips on a deeper level, understanding that they must bring back their experiences to their home communities and create that space for others to help. 

Long distance backpacking can be a harsh struggle at times but it doesn't compare to the hardships of not having access to clean water. They will hike in part to show that hardships can be overcame, especially if you have the right equipment. And, they want to raise money to give families the right equipment to have clean water - sustainable ceramic water filters.  Ideally, they would like to raise $10 dollars for every mile they hike which would total $2700.  Each filter costs about $50 dollars and can provide a family of 5-8 with clean water for up to 5 years. If they reach their goal of $2700, 54 filters will be created, giving hundreds of people access to clean water. 

(Photo taken by Kya Rose Roumimper, January 2014 in Panama)
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