by Pink Gin
The ladies of LUPEC Boston have focused their charitable energies on local women’s causes. But there are a lot of ways to give back, and here is one that helps women in developing countries.
Water For People (WFP), a non-profit organization, is a champion for people in developing countries - helping them help themselves by implementing simple, affordable water and sanitation solutions to meet the needs of their community.
Why is this a women’s issue? According to research cited by WFP:
--The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is 6 kilometers (4 miles) and the average weight that women carry on their heads is approximately 20 kilograms (44 pounds), the same weight as airport luggage allowance. (WSSCC, 2004)
--Almost 70% of the world’s citizens living in poverty are women. (World Water Day, 2001)
Water For People projects impact entire communities—hundreds of people. Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation can change the economic climate because people are able to work and build businesses. Children are less likely to be ill and can attend school. Women are free from tedious water collection and are free to take care of their families and generate income. Entrepreneurs sprout up around the water project, finding creative ways to begin new businesses related to this new community asset.
So -- in the spirit of LUPEC Boston’s belief that having fun and making the world a better place are not contradictory – check out the Water For People Gala Celebration!
This event features:
--Pre-Gala tours of Fenway Park
--Live jazz entertainment
--Live auction of Red Sox memorabilia
--Special MC - WCVB's Karen Holmes Ward
Proceeds from this event will go directly to WFP, so your contribution will have a significant impact on the lives of impoverished people worldwide.
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available now!
And if you can't make it to the event, we suggest raising a Croton Cocktail in one hand (as you make out a generous donation check with the other) in honor of this great cause.