skirt! community: Women Helping Women

Want to help make the world a better place? Here are a few efforts you can join to help other women and children.

Water Mission’s Walk for Water

Help women and children around the world provide clean water for their families when you walk in the Water Mission’s Walk for Water on March 17. The three-mile route is symbolic of the average distance that women and children in many undeveloped countries have to walk to collect water, which is usually dirty. The women and children spend as much as six to eight hours a day walking back and forth to a water source to collect water. The amount of time spent on the journey drastically affects the children’s ability to attend school. Water-borne illnesses also are common and can be life-threatening.

The goal of the Water Mission, founded by Molly and George Greene in 2001, is to design and build safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in communities in Africa, Asia, and North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Water Mission volunteers on the ground in 54 countries train women about sanitary practices and empower them to become leaders in their communities and teach others about safe water practices. The Water Mission often provides disaster relief and is actively working to set up clean water supplies in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

This year’s Walk for Water fundraiser is in Riverfront Park in North Charleston. The route will wind through the Water Mission’s headquarters. Walks are encouraged to carry a two-gallon bucket and fill it up with dirty water halfway through before returning to the park. The walk begins at 9 a.m. March 17 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Registration is $20. Register for the Walk for Water at charlestonwalk.org. Use the discount code SKIRT2018 until March 16 to receive a $5 discount.

Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County is hosting Women Build Week May 11-19 in Moncks Corner. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to provide stability and independence for people who need a place to live. Local women are invited to help build a safe and affordable house for Tacisha, a local single mother of three older children. Tacisha, who qualified for a home with Habitat for Humanity with the help of Trident United Way, says she hasn’t had a consistent place to live since she was 14 years old. “The word ‘home’ means being able to stay … being able to have my clothes in a closet rather than living out of a bin everyday, having a bed to sleep in and not the floor,” Tacisha says.

If you’re interested, visit www.berkeleyhabitat.org/women-build to register. You can sign up for a full or half day. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to contribute $25 toward the cost of the construction, and will receive a t-shirt, lunch and beverages.