How far would you walk for a glass of clean drinking water? One mile? Two Miles? Did you know that in many countries, like parts of Africa for example, women and children have to walk approximately 3.7 miles to carry gallons of water back to their homes and villages? Generally speaking, women and children usually bear the burden of collecting water by walking to the nearest water source that is contaminated, because that particular water source is shared with livestock and other animals. Thus, consuming contaminated water is their only option.
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Water is inter-related with health. We take the ability and freedom to walk a few steps to our faucet and turn it on in order to get a glass of clean drinking water for granted. There are poor developing countries and communities who are challenged with being able to meet basic needs. When we refer to basic needs, it goes beyond what we need to drink or ingest for our daily survival. It includes the need for water to maintain a basic standard of hygiene that is sufficient to maintain health.
At W3, as we reflect on our children and loved ones each day, we think about how it would break our hearts to helplessly watch them suffer and die from simply drinking contaminated water. This could leave them susceptible and vulnerable to diseases such as viral hepatitis, cholera, typhoid, diarrhea and dysentery. When our global neighbors are suffering and dying from not having access to clean drinking water, it is a critical matter and our W3 Team just cannot sit here and do nothing.
We invite you to join us on our mission to Work and Walk for Water. There are many ways to contribute and participate in this humanitarian effort. To learn more about our W3 initiative and how you can get involved, check out our W3 – Work and Walk for Water website.
You may have noticed we didn’t have a blog post up Tuesday, but that’s because we were too busy walking. Here at Filters Fast we realize how much we take something as simple as water for granted. Water is so abundant we use it to wash our hands, shower, clean our cars and pets, and even make our lawn greener. But we hardly ever think about how something that’s such a natural part of our lives could be considered scarce in some areas.
That’s why we decided to start our charity, Work and Walk for Water. There are some people in the world who don’t have access to clean water and we want to do something to make sure that’s not a permanent situation for them. You may be asking yourself, how can a small but dynamic company like Filters Fast make a difference? By walking, of course.
Our employee, Dee Ray, is taking a virtual walk to Sendai, Japan, an area hit hard by the recent tsunami and earthquake that is struggling to maintain access to clean drinking water, using the TrekDesk as her path. Dee will spend almost all of her workday walking on a treadmill rather than sitting idly at a desk. The treadmill will log her progress toward her 6,737 mile goal. Each single step brings us closer to helping bring clean water to those parts of the globe that need it. Along the way, Dee will make a few virtual stops at various schools to talk about water issues. Want Dee to visit your school or university? Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage all those interested to get involved. Whether you’re part of a charity organization that wants to team up with us, a school that wants to hold a fundraising event, a business that would like to make a corporate donation, or even an individual who wants to donate by sponsoring a mile, there are many options available.
So tighten up your laces and help us reach the finish line.