This summer will mark the 8th year that I have run for clean water. As I share with you the facts surrounding this issue, it's staggering to think about how blessed I am to live and enjoy the quality of life that I have. Think about the following:
*844 million people lack basic drinking water access, more than 1 of every 10 people on the planet.
*Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day.
*The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.
*Every day, more than 800 children under age 5 die from diarrhea attributed to poor water and sanitation.
*By 2050, at least 1 in 4 people will likely live in a country affected by chronic or recurring fresh-water shortages.
*2.3 billion people live without access to basic sanitation.
*892 million people practice open defecation.
*One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals aims to provide universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.
As we move into the fall, I will run ( either virtual races or actual) for Hope Water International in an effort to raise money to help people live a better quality of life. Please join me in considering a donation so that those who are some of the most marginalized in the world can thrive.
While we're annoyed we have to overly wash our hands and wear masks right now, I think.... at least we GET to wash our hands. While our swimming pools at the gym are closed or restricted, at least we HAVE these things. I can't imagine fighting the pandemic from a place like rural South Sudan or rural Kenya where there is so little in the way of safe and clean health facilities, water and sanitation.
Thank you for considering partnering with me to help provide HOPE.