by Lisa-Jo Baker 400 Lives Impacted Maubane, North West, South Africa
There’s a whole community of moms who don’t have regular running water but still have all the same responsibilities, laundry and kids that we have....
They live in a community just north of Pretoria, South Africa, called Maubane. About 150 adults and 250 orphans and vulnerable children rely on outdoor faucets that often run out of water.
Then they trek over to this spot, that currently has reliable water but no faucets, no floors, no structure. Just a hosepipe in the ground.
Imagine if you will, what laundry days would be like if this was your laundry room.
It’s designed with moms in mind. To make laundry days easier and bringing home water for cooking and drinking simpler.
The water point will be:
Consistent: because it will include a water storage tank so that even if water supply is interrupted, there will always be back up water.
Convenient: the water point will include clothes washing troughs - to make doing laundry easier.
Community friendly: there will be benches to sit and wait for a turn to wash clothes or gather water.
And offer food security: because it will be the water supply for a future vegetable garden.
And because the Internet can build a virtual bridge between here and South Africa moms the world over can offer to share a laundry day together. We all know what it's like to be buried under piles of kids’ clothes and the knowledge that what we washed today will be dirty again tomorrow.
Let’s do virtual laundry together. Let’s build a water point and laundry facility for our sisters and their kids in South Africa.
So that next time you fold those socks and super hero underoos you are reminded that moms do brave things. Including Laundry! #LaundryForAfrica
Donate the cost of a bottle of detergent, the cost of a load of laundry or the cost of a washer, won't you?
Or share below on Facebook - it's virtual laundry day. We need all hands on deck!