Africare In the News

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2013) — Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, has partnered with the African Well Fund for a penny fundraiser in recognition of World Water Day, Friday, March 22.

Each day in Africa millions of people, particularly women and children, walk to get water. The chore of fetching water is no small task. Water sources are sometimes miles away and the trip may need to be made multiple times a day. Water is heavy — a gallon of water weighs eight pounds – and women and children regularly haul 40 pounds of water per trip. All this work may still be insufficient to obtain safe water since the nearest water source is often not even a clean one.

The African Well Fund is challenging supporters to recognize how easy it is to access clean water in the developed world by participating in their penny fundraiser, “A Mile in Her Shoes.” The organization’s goal is to collect a mile’s worth of pennies (84,480 pennies, or $844.80, lined up makes a mile) in honor of those who have to walk so far each day to get water.

From Sunday, March 17 until Saturday, March 23, 2013, African Well Fund is asking supporters to donate a penny every time they use water. Participants can place containers like empty coffee cans or water bottles near toilets, sinks, water fountains and water coolers, and encourage everyone to donate a coin whenever they use water from that source.

“Africare is happy to partner with the African Well Fund in this endeavor because we know the linkage between clean water and thriving communities,” said Robert Patterson, Africare’s Deputy Director for International Programs. “For a week, our staff at headquarters will donate their spare change for the ‘A Mile in Her Shoes’ campaign because it’s an effortless way for us to save lives.”

Africare will enlist the help of staff and their supporters for change through social media. Yet, anyone can join in this penny fundraiser. Participants can download African Well Fund’s “A Mile in Her Shoes” kit at here and download container labels at here.

To speak to Africare’s specialists about water and sanitation projects in Africa, please contact Nicole S. Miles at 202-328-5320 or