By Christie Hendricks
On March 22nd, the Lake Butler Woman’s Club recognized World Water Day. This day is recognized globally to bring awareness to the more than 1,000 deaths per day caused by lack of safe drinking water, sanitation issues and poor hygiene around the world. The Woman’s Club purchased a Community Well, a Hippo Roller and two gift baskets. These donations will help families and communities live better, healthier lives and reduce deaths in these communities. This is especially true among women and children , who are normally expected to travel miles each day to bring water to their communities. Heifer International will be matching the Woman’s Club’s donation so that the club will be donating two wells and four gift baskets. Jean Waters, International Outreach Chairman for the Lake Butler Woman’s Club, offered to match the contributions of the club, so with the generous donations of the Club, Heifer International, and Jean Waters’ generous donation, the Club was able to add a Hippo Roller to the total donation of the Lake Butler Woman’s Club. No one can survive without water, yet millions of people around the world still lack access to clean drinking water. In these impoverished communities, many of the homes lack running water, and some families do not even have a well nearby. Instead, they must spend each day fetching water. This is often a chore left to women and children, leaving no time for school. The Woman’s Club’s donation of two community wells is a gift devoted to providing communities with clean, healthy water for daily living. With the gift of the community wells through Heifer International, they will install treadle pumps for better access to clean water, teach communities about managing their water resources and help improve their health by highlighting the importance of proper sanitation. The Hippo Roller helps families and communities transport adequate amounts of clean water to their homes. Women and children often walk 6-8 hours a day with heavy 5 gallon buckets on their heads. A Hippo Roller makes it easier to collect 5 times more water than a single bucket and can be rolled along the ground, providing more water and less trips. The gift baskets will be filled with fruit and vegetable seeds to start a small farm, chickens to raise and Heifer International will provide training in sustainable farming and nutrition . The basket helps provide vitamins and protein for better nourishment and gives families a head start in beating hunger and poverty. Livestock is provided for a daily source of income and nutrition, and by passing on the gift, communities can work together to create a better life for future generations.
The Lake Butler Woman’s Club is proud to give this donation to our sisters , their children and families around the world. The General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC) have been supporting these international outreach projects globally for many years in order to make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Lake Butler Woman’s Club is a part of the GFWC which is a 128 year old International women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. We encourage women who are willing to work and are interested in Living the Volunteer Spirit to come and join us in Lake Butler. Our next meeting will be April 15, 2019 at the Lake Butler Woman’s Club Clubhouse at 6 p.m.
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