WALKING AROUND THE WORLD FOR CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION


A visit to Nicaragua in 2015 opened my eyes to the struggle many women and children face around the world, and it forever changed how I think about water. I saw women burdened with the arduous task of fetching water from a nearby river. Some women make the journey several times a day while carrying a 5-gallon bucket of water on the top of their head weighing up to 45 lbs.

The water is a frequent cause of illness, but the river is the communities only water source, therefore, they have no other choice but to drink it.

844 million people live without access to clean drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have access to a toilet. World leaders have acknowledged these facts, and furthermore, pledged to provide clean water and sanitation for everyone on the planet by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a global call to action adopted by 193 nations to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change. It's a set of 17 goals to transform our planet and the lives of everyone by 2030, leaving no one behind.


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My name is Anna Harrington and I will spend the next six years circumnavigating the globe on foot to support Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”

I walk 20 miles (32km) a day, which takes me about seven hours. I trek through the heat, cold, rain and snow, but the difference for me, is I have a choice. One out of ten people don’t enjoy that luxury. It is my mission to highlight these promises made by world leaders. I want people to hold their respective leaders accountable for the commitments they have made so that by 2030 everyone on the planet will have access to clean water and sanitation.

This is the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind.
— Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations