Walk to Water 2021
On average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6 kilometers (approximately 3.5 miles) a day, carrying 20 liters (approximately 42 pounds/20 kgs) of water. In some areas, it is common for this journey to take more than 15 hours a week.
When I read this, I realized that I had no idea what it would take to do something like this. 15 hours a week, just to get water, that is often muddy and full of debris. There are MILLIONS of women around the world who do this daily. We talk about Women’s Empowerment. What would those women be able to do with 15 hours a week if they weren’t walking to get water?
The truth is, I’ll never understand the challenge of water. I get up, turn on my sink, brush my teeth, and fill my water bottle with clean water anytime I want. I recently read a Facebook post where my friend Teneil Jayne said, “I can’t believe Malawi and America exist on the same planet.” That’s how I feel about Kenya.
I can’t help everyone, everywhere. I’m just one person. I started working in Kenya on projects in 2015, and that’s when I became truly aware of some of the challenges facing families. That’s when I realized that to really empower women and girls in this world, you have to save them time. When they have more time, because they aren’t walking to get water, or spending hours cooking over a fire in their huts, they can do more to make money for their families to eat and gain an education.
Because I have worked in Kenya, my connections and team are there. We know who we can reach, and we know how to reach them.
I decided that I would walk 100 miles between September 20th and November 4th to raise money for 100 women in Kenya to receive 1000 liter water tanks. That will allow them to capture rainwater during the rainy seasons, and use the water for their families. It doesn’t solve the water challenges for women in the Maasai Mara, but when it rains, it gives them more time.
How You Can Help
I will be sharing about my journey to walk 100 miles for these women, and I would love for you to share this story, too. I want to raise $10,000 to purchase the water tanks. So far in 2021, we have donated 100 tanks to women and families on the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This will DOUBLE that number this year.
Drilling for water is incredibly expensive and challenging in this area. These families can’t wait for that to happen. They need help now. When we donate a tank, we track the names and struggles of each family member. We also build them garden towers, funded by The USANA Foundation.
100% of your donation goes to these tanks, and you can follow along and see the progress!