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The minimum amount of water required to meet basic needs vary depending upon what is included as "basic needs". The figures vary from 20 to 50 litres per person per day. The average distance a person in rural Africa must walk to a water source is 5 miles, a burden borne mainly by women and children. The annual value of time saved globally would amount to $63.5 billion in 2015, while the health-related costs avoided would reach $7.3 billion per year worldwide in 2015. Clearly, adequate water and sanitation will provide significant economic benefit.

To remind the world of the importance of water security we will hold the “Carry that Load” campaign on Tuesday March 24th 2020. Schools students from across the globe will pay US$1 (or 1 shilling, 1 rand, 1 kroner, 1 pound…) to participate in this event where they will carry a 1liter bottle of water on their heads for a distance of 1 kilometer. All monies raised will be donated to a worthy water project selected by the school from which the student comes from.

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 2, 2010 at 9:52pm
Shakwei-- having the students pay an 'entry fee' is a good idea, but what about having other people in the community also contribute by 'sponsoring' a walking student-- contributing an equal amount to the student for completing the kilometer?


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