In much of the world, people get from one location to the next mainly by walking. They walk miles to school and work. They walk to the market to buy food, and to the well for water. They walk to the next town, village or neighborhood to visit family and friends.
Walking represents more than a mode of transportation. It affords people time to reflect, dream and take in nature’s beauty. Having a companion on the journey means a chance to listen and share. The road can also be a harsh and dangerous place with traffic, severe weather, crime, animals and other hazards.
Walking — literally and figuratively — has been integral to Unbound throughout the organization’s 40-year history. Co-founder Bob Hentzen made two extraordinary treks in his lifetime, the first covering 4,000 miles and the second spanning 8,000 miles. He walked through countries where Unbound works to call attention to the organization’s mission to “walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.” Walking in this sense implies listening, learning, connecting and moving forward together.
Following are some of the ways individuals and families in the Unbound community walk in their daily lives.
When I was walking each and every day, I was thinking about my life, how I can do so that my children would not walk as I am walking.
— Diana Rose, Farm owner who walked 9 miles to school growing up