charity:water … A water walk with my daughter


I took the opportunity on this beautiful Saturday morning to spend a little time with my daughter Hallie, and have her experience what life would be like without the plumbing and the water access we are accustomed to. I explained to her that one yellow Jerry can is 5 gallons of water, only 1/16 of what our hot water heater holds for our family of 5.

We have a creek at the end of our our street only about 80 yards from our house. So I talked this teenager into making a trip down to the creek to fill up the Jerry can and haul it back, knowing its only a tiny fraction of the water our family blindly uses everyday.

So we’re off!

Hallie is a Warrior. She’s a cheerleader, gymnast, diver, and stays pretty active so we’re not dealing with a whimp here.

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Its pretty light to haul an empty Jerry can so no big deal to walk out the front yard and…

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to trot past a couple houses and down to the creek

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Alright time to climb into the creek and load up some water. The most danger she’ll face is a terse stare of a squirrel or chipmunk. No crocodiles in these waters.

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Hallie filled…

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And filled…

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And filled… It took about 10 mins to get water into the can and it wasn’t really full. There was not really a place that allowed Hallie to fully fill the Jerry can. If you were walking a mile and not just 80 yards, you’d want to get a full can before leaving.

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Hallie started to struggle as we made our way back. There were several “set downs”. to readjust. Note she’s not smiling as much.

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About half way she wanted me to carry her shoes, I said “Nope, going for the full experience here!”

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Well about 3 or 4 minutes later we crossed the distance and made it back to our home. I think we both appreciated our luxuries just a little more. And remember… this is pretty clean water that consistently flows. It is not a muddy stagnate pool. Our staged walk could have been so worse than a short trip to our neighborhood creek

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charity:water is a wonderful non-profit, working to provide clean and accessible drinking water to communities who do no have this basic necessity.

At #SAPPHIRENOW next week, the #EMCGivesBack Team will be working to unlock funds for one new well during the show. We’re doing this through the social-sphere. Please join in and help us unlock this well which will changes the lives of one community. Join us on Twitter June 3-5 and include hashtags: #charitywater #EMC #SAPPHIRENOW. Be a part of making this change happen!

Thanks for your help,

Andy Sitison  (twitter.com/asitison)

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