“In the world’s poorest countries, women and girls have to spend their days walking for water” ……. for someone who has it on tap at anyone time and has to pay a fortune for it I think I take it for granted how lucky we are when it comes to clean water. Heck we even use perfectly good drinking water to flush our toilets and clean our clothes!! it makes no sense (no the council will not fit grey water systems and the fact that it costs money to be able to use the rain water we are lucky enough to get naturally on a fairly regular basis. I can not help but ponder what these women and girls would think of our lack of gratitude for the wet stuff that we as a nation tend to not really like.
What would you do if you had to walk on average 10,000 steps or roughly five miles a day while carrying 20 litres at a time …. that is just over 35pints which weighs around 15.8kg/35lbs/2.7 stone!! Oh yes and sometimes it has to be done more than once a day….. it really puts those niggles about having to walk to the tap when camping into perspective really doesn’t it?! It isn’t the men who do this job, it is the women and young girls leaving them no time at all for work or education!! Something else we moan about in the country and do not actually realise how lucky we are.
Just recently it was International Women’s Day …. of course there were the haters of the day (mainly males) and I found myself staying away from social networks as my urge to go grrrr at people who quite obviously missed the point and no amounts of reasoning would of worked. While watching and reading up on all the events on this day I came across the Walk In Her Shoes campaign by Care International. The aim to raise at least £100 which can provide water and sanitation for a school for a class of children for two years. I recently spent that on a coat!! £1500 can supply a water well to a community meaning opening up more opportunities for every one in the community.
I am not sure what it was about that day and the story of the drastic impact something simple as water ….. which is feel is one of our basic human rights ….. can have on a community and especially another females life. SO I have decided to sign up and next week (23rd March – 29th March) I shall be taking part in the Walk In Her Shoes sponsored walk, the mission to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week …. or if you want that in other terms that is 5 miles a day (8.5KM) for seven days.
PLEASE SPONSOR ME to help this fantastic cause, or why not sign up yourself so we can raise even more ….. of course you could do both …. I fully intend on walking it barefoot too …… just in case you were wondering.