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Women and young girls in developing countries bear the burden of carrying water.
This may not sound like a big deal, but have you ever carried more than a glass of water? Maybe a bucket? Have you had to carry that bucket for more than a few feet? Water is heavy! Especially for a child. Woman and young girls walk miles a day hauling 40-pound Jerry Cans. As a result, girls can’t go to school because they spend up to 3 hours a day collecting water for their families. Not to mention the toll this much weight takes on their bodies and health. 40 pounds is a lot for any person to carry on a daily basis, let alone a child.
This is me lifting my child that weighs 40 pounds.
I can’t imagine having to carry her for an extended length of time now that she’s this heavy! And picturing her trying to carry this much weight now or even in a few years, seems impossible! But young girls are doing it, because they have no other choice. Don’t miss details on the #40Pounds Challenge below.
Everyone deserves access to clean water.
I know I take it for granted that I can run the tap right in my home any time I want drinkable water. I can cook with it, bathe in it, water my plants with it, and wash my dog. I never have to worry if I have enough for my kids or how I’ll be able to get more. I can’t imagine asking my kids to travel long distances and carry heavy jugs all the way home each and every day. And I think their backpacks are heavy when they have a book and a lunchbox in them, but that’s nowhere near 40 pounds!
These amazing women and children are super heroes as far as I’m concerned. They perform this back breaking task each day that I would probably break down and cry about if I had to do it once. I am so glad there are organizations recognizing the need to help these people and doing something about it! And making it super easy for us to help right now simply with a photo. Details on that below.
charity:water provides clean safe water
charity: water is a non-profit organization that brings clean safe water to these people in developing countries around the world. 100% of public donations go directly to funding sustainable water solutions in the areas in greatest need. 663 million people around the world lack access to one of our most basic needs, something we take for granted every day, clean, safe water.
“Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.” charity: water
Please visit the charity: water website to learn more: charitywater.org.
Emergen-C is partnering with charity: water through which they will work together to transform lives in communities throughout Ethiopia. All of the money Emergen-C will be donating will be going toward building and supporting new, clean water sources in these areas.
“We believe that having access to clean and safe drinking water is a cause that is fundamental to our brand values and it is a cause that we are passionate about.” Emergen-C
Join me in the #40Pounds Challenge
On World Water Day (March 22, 2016) Emergen-C and charity: water are kicking off a consumer challenge to demonstrate the weight that women and young girls have to carry on a daily basis.
#40Pounds not only represents the physical weight of a full Jerry Can, it symbolizes the overall burden women and young girls, who don’t have access to clean water, have to carry every day for their families to have water.
Get in on the challenge!
For every #40Pounds picture uploaded, Emergen-C will donate $5 to charity: water in your name.
[Tweet “@EmergenC will donate $5 to @charitywater for your #40Pounds photo!”]
“Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin is the campaign spokesperson. As the mother of two daughters, Lori is passionate about helping women and girls reach their full potential and quality of life through education and work opportunity, as am I. I hope you are, too and will get involved. Just post to Instagram or Twitter! By participating, you’ll be helping to “lift the burden” that these women and girls face each day.
How to participate in the #40Pounds Challenge:
- Snap a picture holding 40 pounds of anything found around the house.
- Upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag: #40Pounds.
- Tag @EmergenC and extend the challenge to your friends and family.
- For every #40Pounds picture uploaded, Emergen-C will donate $5 to charity: water in your name. All of the proceeds will go directly to funding sustainable water solutions in Ethiopia.
Visit Emergencytranforms.com to learn more about how to help lift the burden.
Leave your comments with your instagram hashtag so I can check out your #40pounds challenge photos!
What a great cause. I stumbled, tweeted, and google+ed.
It’s difficult to imagine carrying so much weight for long distances just to have clean water. This is such a great initiative and a clever way to bring understanding to those of us who don’t confront this problem!