Jun 6 2011

Walk2gether solidarity walks around the world

Walk2gether solidarity walks in Uganda and Colombia

Left is a CFCA community in Busunju, Uganda, participating in a solidarity walk with Walk2gether on May 21. Right is a CFCA community in Antioquia, Colombia, in another solidarity walk May 26.

Update:†Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile journey by CFCA President Bob Hentzen and others,†has crossed the finish line in ValparaÌso, Chile! See our news report.

The walk is Bob’s labor of love to shed light on families living in poverty and the benefits of child sponsorship.

For many CFCA communities around the world, Chile is a long way away ñ particularly if you’re living in Asia, Africa or even Central America.

That’s why they have hosted solidarity walks of their own! Here’s a list of recent and upcoming solidarity walks and celebrations around the world:

CountryAct of solidarity
GuatemalaSince Walk2getherís launch Dec. 29, 2009, CFCA communities in Guatemala have continued solidarity walks on the 29th of every month. They are preparing a special celebration June 24-26, with a solidarity walk June 26.
El SalvadorThe CFCA staff in Santa Ana has organized 26 solidarity walks all on June 5 from different parts of the country. Each walk will end with a Thanksgiving Mass and festivals.
  • A number of CFCA communities in the Ocotepeque project are taking turns to host solidarity walks from June 1 to June 7, culminating in a short walk and thanksgiving Mass in the parish of San Jose Ocotepeque.
  • Sixteen CFCA communities in the Santa Barbara project walked June 4 in solidarity and watched Walk2gether videos and other community presentations.
Costa RicaThe CFCA office is preparing several activities for the end of the walk, including a solidarity walk, drawing and poetry contests, a thanksgiving Mass and other cultural events.
VenezuelaThe CFCA office in Barquisimeto expected about 300 people to participate in a Mass, solidarity walk of about 19 miles (30 kilometers) and cultural activities on June 5.
  • Solidarity walks are taking place in the Cartagena, Quibdo and Cali projects.
  • The Manos Abiertas project will feature a community meal on June 30 reflecting on Walk2gether.
  • The Antioquia project had a walk-related gathering June 4 with cultural activities and refreshments.
  • The Bogot· project presented a handmade scrapbook to Bob featuring walk photos and well wishes from its staff members.
  • The Guadalupe project will have a solidarity walk June 25.
  • The Merida project had a solidarity walk May 29.
  • The Santa Catarina project had a field day celebrating the end of the walk May 28.
  • The Cuernavaca project will feature a “chain of solidarity actions,” or a pay-it-forward system where sponsored friends do a good deed, big or small, for another person and have a festival gathering today (June 6).
Dominican RepublicCFCA staff members will serve meals to the elderly in a nursing home along with other cultural and recreational activities in solidarity with the walk.
PhilippinesOn June 5, an estimated 130,000 people participated in solidarity walks all across the communities served by the five CFCA projects in the Philippines.
MadagascarSponsored friends and parents of CFCA’s three communities served in the Antsirabe project will walk toward an open space in South Antsirabe for a prayer and worship service to celebrate the end of Walk2gether. The combined number of miles walked will be about 11 miles (17 kilometers). About 5,000 people are expected.
  • The Meru project is planning a one-day activity to show solidarity with Bob and the walkers today (June 6).
  • The Kisumu project had a solidarity walk of 18 kilometers on April 29.
  • In Nairobi, the project expects about 200 people to come to the Nairobi Arboretum for a solidarity walk.
UgandaThe Kampala project had a solidarity walk and did community service May 21.

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  1. I am speechless and overwhelmed at the undertaking and the solidarity that has taken place during this time. It almost makes it seem that world peace should not be so far away!

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