From OKC to the World

A Family Business Helping End a Crisis

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Did you know that 2.1 billion people woke up this morning to a world without safe water? They woke up to a world without faucets, toilets, or showers. Before they could take a drink today, before they could bathe or brush their teeth, 2.1 billion people walked miles to lakes, streams and watering holes to fetch their water. This daily walk is long and exhausting, and often ends at a contaminated water source that brings sickness and pain.

When most people first learn about the 2.1 billion people on the planet today who still don’t have access to safe water, all they see is impossible, but Dick and Terri Greenly, owners of Oklahoma City-based Pumps of Oklahoma, aren’t most people. When the Greenly’s first learned about the water crisis in 2005, they saw an invitation to do something about it. They saw the potential to help create a world where every last person has access to safe water. Since then, they’ve been tireless working to create solutions to eradicate the water crisis once and for all.

Founded by the Greenly’s in 2008, Water4 exists to reimagine a world where every person has access to safe water by equipping local entrepreneurs in developing countries to provide sustainable safe water access to every home, school and clinic in their communities. Since 2008, this Oklahoma City-based international nonprofit has completed over 5,000 water projects impacting over 1.3 million people’s lives with access to safe water.

Like the Greenly’s, you can help end this crisis from right here in Oklahoma City. On Saturday morning, October 5, people from all over Oklahoma are invited to rally together at Wheeler Park in Oklahoma City to join with millions worldwide in a walk to fetch water. Walk4Water is a new event designed to simulate the experience of a three-mile trek to collect water and raise funds to provide access to safe water to every home, school and clinic in the places where Water4 works. Walk4Water is a free, family-friendly event that’s open to the public, but registration is required. There will be activities for children, food trucks, music and more! Register to walk today at water4.org/walk.