World Water Day benefits Water For All!

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In my home, a modest two-level, we have direct access to running water via six outlets—one in the kitchen, one in the laundry room, plus two (sink + shower) in each of the two bathrooms. Count them, six. Not outside, not down the street, but in my home.

But in some developing countries, many women and girls must travel a fair distance—as much as six miles each day—to collect water for themselves and their families.

In sub-Sahara Africa, alone, more than 40 billion work hours are lost to the need to collect water each year (Wateraid). That’s 19 million full-time employees!

THIS is why I am all sorts of stoked for the upcoming World Water Day debuting in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, March 22nd. All of the proceeds will go towards the nonprofit, Water For All and the building of wells & pumps in African schools and communities.

Whether you want to participate in the Walk for Water, join in on the awareness celebration, rock the concert series or simply send a donation, it’s a fun way to help support a cause. I’m hoping it will also help lessen my guilt for taking inappropriately long showers… but that’s a personal issue…

More on Water For All:

Since it was founded in 2004, Water For All has learned there is no “one size fits all” solution to the water crisis in Africa. So what started with water-pumping merry-go-rounds and see-saws has expanded to include solar- and wind-powered pumps, plus hand-pumps and LifeStraws—personal, portable water purifiers (used like big straws!).

For the record, I am mighty impressed.


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