Water is life, but did you know that around the world nearly 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities?
Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illness. This year Thomas & Hutton joined the efforts of Climb for Water with a sponsorship of $250 in support of Water for People. Water for people helps people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.
Climb for Water formed a climbing team of 4 with a goal to raise the equivalent of $1 for every foot in elevation they climbed of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in eastern Africa. The climbers included Kary Kern, Nuclear Specialist with Duke Energy; Scott Whalen, Water Resource Engineer & Vice President with WK Dickson & Co., Inc.; Tasha Lewis, Hydrologist with CH2M Hill; and Kraig Kern, Director of Marketing with WK Dickson & Co., Inc. They successfully endured a treacherous climb of 19,341 feet completed on September 2, 2011. Their efforts have raised approximately $15,000. Based on the cost of a typical water project in the developing world, that amount alone will provide 750 people with clean drinking water for the rest of their lives. The positive effect on the generations who follow is incalculable.
“We greatly appreciate the support by member firms and it’s because of them we were able to actually get ‘hands-on’ with a project that will have a direct and immediate impact on hundreds of lives,” says Scott Whalen, cofounder and climber. “We’re excited we could add this project to our plans.”
Climb for Water’s goal is to raise $20,000. For more information and amazing photos of their journey, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/c limbforwater and their website: www.climbforwater.org/