In recognition of World Water Day, March 22, the African Well Fund is challenging supporters to walk “A Mile in Her Shoes” by participating in a penny fundraiser. The organization’s goal is to collect a mile’s worth of pennies (84,480 pennies, or $844.80, lined up makes a mile) in honor of those who have to walk miles each day to get water.
Each day in Africa, millions of people, particularly women and children walk for miles to get water. The chore of fetching water is no small task; water sources are sometimes miles away and the trip is sometimes made multiple times a day; water is heavy–a gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, women and children regularly haul 40 pounds of water per trip; very often the nearest water source is not even a clean one.
From March 17-23, AWF is asking supporters to pledge to donate pennies (or dimes, quarters or more) for their daily water usage. Participants can place containers like empty coffee cans or water bottles near toilets, sinks, water fountains and water coolers and encourage everyone to donate whenever they use water from that source.
Participants can download labels to place on their containers.
Anyone can participate in this penny fundraiser. Participants can download AWF’s “A Mile in Her Shoes” kit for more information and fundraising ideas.
Collected donations may be sent via check to:
African Well Fund
P.O. Box 9486
Schenectady, New York
Or donated online.
Be sure to note “A Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on your check or in the comments during checkout.