Walk for Water - So She Won't Have To
Today is World Water Day - the day the UN has chosen to spotlight the global safe water and sanitation issue. Every year 3.57 million people die due to lack of safe water and 1 in 7 people do not have access to clean water - which adds up to 3x the U.S. population.
In many African communities, it is the women and girl's job to get water. They often have to walk miles each morning to gather less water than we use in a 5 minute shower. In fact, it is estimated that 200 million hours of work each year are consumed by women walking to get water for their families. This generally means girls don't have time to go to school and get the education it would take to break the cycle of poverty they are living in.
In honor of World Water Day, Blood:Water Mission will be doing a Water:Walk downtown tonight. This is the opportunity for you to walk in these women's shoes. You will discover what people around the world go through every day to access something that, for us, is as simple as turning on a faucet.
In order to participate, all you need to do is meet at the Nashville Symphony Plaza (off 4th Ave S - downtown) TONIGHT at 6 PM (registration begins at 5:45) and walk to gather water in the river, about a mile there and back (rain or shine). The whole event should take about an hour. For more information (including info on free parking) visit Blood:Water Mission's event page here.
This World Water Day, walk for water so someday she won't have to.
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