women and children.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.Image and text from charitywater.org
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.
With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.
I would like to encourage everyone to open their eyes, and especially their hearts and do something. It doesn't have to be BIG. But it could be. I think you might be amazed at how your friends and family will come out to support you. I know I was blown away. Give up your birthday, have a lemonade stand or a bake sale. Or just donate to someone else's birthday campaign at random.
YOU can make a difference.