The pilgrimage of Charlie Uldahl Christensen
After having spent 6 months in Tanzania in 2013, in a village where locals had to walk 19 kilometers in order to fetch clean water, Charlie Uldahl Christensen founded the organization Walking for Water in April 2015.
On May 18th 2015, on his 27th birthday, he began Walking for Water’s first philanthropic pilgrimage, a hike of 20,000 kilometers through 7 European and 13 African countries, from Esbjerg in Denmark to Lengasti in Tanzania. The purpose was raising awareness of the global water crisis as well as raising funds for water projects in the African countries he visited during his pilgrimage.
During the following 4 years and 4 months Charlie walked through Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Mauretania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. During his pilgrimage he has never paid for lodging but camps either in the bush or spends the night at locals’ houses.
On August 16th 2019 Charlie was deported from Nigeria due to visa trouble, and for the first time since setting out on his mission he was back in Denmark again.
Right now Charlie gives lectures on the first phase of his philanthrophic pilgrimage while planning his return to Nigeria, from where he will be travelling through Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and finally Tanzania.
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