Would you walk up to 12 miles each day to get water? The Samburu Project by Sonia Kang | November 20 2013, 0 Comments

Let’s just jump right in (pun intended) and talk about water.

According to Unwater.org

85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.  
783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
Global population growth projections of 2–3 billion people over the next 40 years, combined with changing diets, result in a predicted increase in food demand of 70% by 2050. 
About 66% of Africa is arid or semi-arid and more than 300 of the 800 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a water-scarce environment – meaning that they have less than 1,000 m3 per capita (NEPAD, 2006).
So now that we know some facts, what can we do about this?

I consulted the experts.

I met the good folks of The Samburu Project at The L.A Mart downtown Los Angeles on November 16, 2013 

I learned that I was not alone in my pursuit of how to help people get access to water.

I was one of hundreds eager to help raise money to help The Samburu Project do what they do best: provide access to clean, safe drinking water as a foundation to development to communities throughout the Samburu District of Kenya.

Founder and Executive Director, Kristen Kosinski, took the stage and shared even more facts. She told the audience that for just $17.50, you can provide water for 1 person… for life!

 

She repeated herself, this time a little louder: “That’s right, $17.50, for life!”

 

She went on to talk about how the women of Samburu walk up to 12 miles each day to get water that isn’t always sanitary. Can you imagine walking that far to find water? Most of us can’t imagine that because it is so readily available here. We have a hard time imaging others having a hard time, especially so far away…like in Africa. The Samburu Project is here to help us realize that although we are fortunate to have access to water, there are billions of people without access to water. And the water they may have, it is not safe to drink. According to The Samburu Project.org website, every 20 seconds a child dies from diarrhea in Samburu, Kenya.

Helping bring safe drinking water is not all The Samburu Project does.

They found that with water, it becomes possible to impact other aspects of community life including education, healthcare, income generation and women's empowerment. They say "With water, development happens." Amen!

Join Mixed Up Clothing and be a part of the simple solution to an extraordinary problem today.

We'll be at the 5th Annual Walk for Water event March 30 in celebration of International Water Day.

The details:

The Samburu Project A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization