WALKING AROUND THE WORLD TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE WATER CRISIS.
My name is Anna Harrington and I will spend the next six years circumnavigating the globe on foot, pulling my cart named Magellan behind me. My journey around the world will take me across Europe, Asia, Australia and South America to bring attention to the water crisis.
Why did I choose to walk for water? Almost one billion people lack access to clean drinking water. When I read that statistic, I didn't connect with it. It was only a number to me.
But when I learned women and children were walking up to eight hours a day to fetch water, THAT, I could relate to.
When I walked across the United States to raise awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, I walked 20 miles (32 km) a day, which on average took me about seven hours. I walked in the heat, cold, rain and snow, but the difference for me, is I had a choice. But one out of ten people don't enjoy that luxury.
Collectively, women and children spend 200 million hours each day collecting water for their families.
Providing everyone with access to safe drinking water would empty half of the world's hospital beds, yes, HALF, and it would allow children, especially girls, to return to school, since they usually have the primary responsibility of collecting water.
Every step I take is for the men, women, and children that walk in search of water.