Wisdom Springs, a nonprofit organization that raises money for wells, medicine and education, will team with two local high schools for the seventh annual “Walking for Water Fundraiser” on May 8 in Leesburg, Va. The walk will raise money to bring water to the villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and other portions in the region where there is severe drought.

Since its inception in 2004, the walk has raised over $200,000 to build 20 wells in Burkina Faso, where citizens of the country are rapidly dying. This year, Wisdom Springs and students from Heritage and Stonebridge High Schools aim to earn $100,000.

“We want to help preserve the culture of the Dagara people of Burkina Faso, who are very connected to the natural world,” said Sobonfu Some’, founder of Wisdom Springs.“They are a people who carry an ancient wisdom and an understanding of the great cycles of the earth. Yet, the villagers have faced not only droughts due to a constant shortage of rain, but droughts of medicine and education.”

Currently in Burkina Faso, women and small children walk up to six hours to bring fresh water to their village which they use to bathe, cook and drink. According to the World Health Organization, about 45 percent of Burkina Faso’s Children die before the age of 5.

According to event coordinators, this year’s walk is expected to draw over 700 participants and will feature obstacle course competitions, face painting and carnival games. The walk is sanctioned by the non-profit American Volkssport Association, a member of the International Federation of Popular Sports.

The seventh annual ‘Walking for Water’ will be held at Morven Park’s Equestrian Center in Leesburg , Va. To register, visit: www.wisdomspringinc.org.