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A Day In The Life-Clean Water In Kenya

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Sandy Downs

1860 East 65th South

Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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What if you had to haul water every day to cook, clean and wash? Villagers in Kenya face this reality. Help us, help them!

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"Villagers carry water an average of 6km (3.7 miles) a day." Kathryn Reid, World Vision.

This may seem like a crazy undertaking to you, however, this challenge will represent a slice of the difficulty faced by Kenyan villagers every day.

On Friday, August 13, 2021 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, various Idaho Falls individuals, families and teams will haul water over a 1 mile, marked course of sand, dirt road, and grass at Sandy Downs Park to our “collection station” racing to haul as much water as possible during the 5 hour period. This will imitate life in rural Kenya where villagers haul water, often many miles, to their homes and schools.

In 2019 Clean Water In Kenya raised $30,000 to install a well in the Kakili Village, changing thousands of lives in that village and in neighboring villages. Clean Water In Kenya is now working on phase 2 of their project: installation of a Water Tower, 10,000 gallon tanks, piping, and a solar powered booster pump. This will allow the water to be delivered directly to three schools in and near the village.

Participants (whether individual, family, or team) can pay to participate or locate a business to sponsor them). All proceeds paid by participants or by business sponsors will go directly to Clean Water In Kenya, Inc. at 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Checks can be written to “Clean Water In Kenya, Inc.” or donations can be made at CleanwaterinKenya.com.

Businesses can choose to Sponsor a single individual, a specific team/family or all of our collective efforts. Businesses can then choose whether to donate the suggested $1.00 per gallon hauled, or specify some other amount. Businesses can also choose to put a maximum donation (only recommended if donating based on all participants' hauling efforts.) If you agree to sponsor, we will provide you with the number of gallons hauled after the event so that you can make a donation. You can get a business sponsor form here.

WHAT: Starting at Sandy Downs, collect your water jug(s), haul them on the 1 mile marked course to the fill station, then haul the collected water back to our collection station to be measured put into kiddie pools for use to clean people off after Grit League's Mud Run on August 14!

WHEN: August 13 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

WHO: Sign up to carry solo or as a family or as team of 4.

You can bring your own jugs (1 gallon milk jugs, 5 gallon water storage jugs, or anything else you can carry that will hold water). We HIGHLY recommend decorating your jugs with the logo(s) of any business sponsoring you! We will have a limited number of 1/2 gallon, 1 gallon and 5 gallon jugs participants can borrow. You can use paracord or webbing to create a carrying harness, which will be provided.

COST:

  • Solo $25 minimum donation to Clean Water In Kenya (or business sponsor)
  • Family $50 minimum donation to Clean Water in Kenya (or business sponsor)
  • Team of 4 $50 minimum donation to Clean Water In Kenya (or business sponsor)

WHY: We will be tracking down businesses to pledge to donate to Clean Water In Kenya based on the number of gallons we are able to haul. You can also find a business to sponsor your solo efforts, team efforts, or the efforts of us all. If you have a business to sponsor you, your family, or your team, you can participate for free! If you know of a business that would support this cause and pledge a donation or make a flat donation, please contact Dan Beck (gritleague@gmail.com) to get the Pledge/Donation forms. All funds from registrations, business sponsorships, and donations will go to Clean Water In Kenya, a registered non-profit entity.

Clean Water In Kenya is a non-profit organized by Mike Musingi, who currently resides in Idaho Falls. Mike grew up in Kenya hauling water. Mike created the Clean Water In Kenya non-profit to drill a well for his village. That was completed and provides many people with fresh water every day. However, water is still hauled to the schools in the area. These funds will be used to construct a water tower that will allow for the water to be delivered to multiple schools in and around the village where Mike grew up. The water tower will allow the schools to provide drinking, hand washing, and sanitation for the students.

Prizes will be awarded in each category for specific benchmarks (hauling 25 gallons for example) and also for the top performers in each category (Solo M; Solo F; Family; Team).


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1860 East 65th South

Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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