Water is life.

Think of what your life would look like if you didn’t have access to clean drinking water.

Thirsty? Want to wash your produce? Need to brush your teeth? For many of us, it’s just a matter of turning on the faucet.

But for much of the world, access to safe drinking water doesn’t exist.

1/3 of all schools in the world lack access to safe water and sanitation. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. 842,000 people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and lack of hygiene.

Fit for her healing waters international
Photo courtesy of Healing Waters International

What’s more, the global water crisis affects women and girls disproportionately more than men and boys .Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member fetching water. Globally, women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water. That means that women and girls in low-income countries spend over 40 billion hours a year collecting water—the equivalent of a year’s worth of labour by the entire Work force in France. If women and girls have to spend much of their days collecting water, they can’t go to school, which locks them into a cycle of poverty and ultimately negatively affects their communities.

In our last post, I talked about some of the lessons we learned in Africa. One of those lessons was that we take clean drinking water for granted. Learning lessons is great. But taking action is what really matters. After that trip to Africa, I wondered what I could do about this disparity.

Fit for her healing waters international water project
Photo courtesy of Healing Waters International

As luck would have it, not long after our trip to Tanzania, Healing Waters International reached out to me. Healing Waters is a Colorado based non-profit whose mission is to end the global water crisis through local community partnerships and water purification systems. Moreover, they hope to spread God’s love to help people thrive physically, socially, and spiritually. So, when they asked me to film their upcoming Fit for Her event in Denver, I was all for it!

Fit for her healing waters international school
Photo courtesy of Healing Waters International
Fit for her healing waters international school
Photo courtesy of Healing Waters International

Fit For Her is a fitness fundraiser event that is part of Healing Waters’ The Her Initiative. The Her Initiative is a movement that recognizes that women are the most affected by the global water crisis, and seeks to end this injustice through women here supporting women there. Women empowering women. For their national Fit for Her events, they partner with local women-owned businesses to host a fitness class and a boutique shopping experience for attendees. The money that this year’s Denver event raised was enough to bring clean water and health & hygiene education to over 460 women and children! It was an honor to film this event, and it was so inspiring to see hundreds of local women gather to support women across the globe.

After you watch the video, think about getting involved with The Her Initiative! Donating just $25 per month for 1 year gives 25 women and children clean water and health & hygiene education! If donating isn’t up your alley, you can bring a Fit For Her event to your city! It’s amazing the global impact you can have by doing everyday activities like shopping and working out!

-Alix

 

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