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Imagine if you didn’t know when you would be able to take your next drink of water. What if the nearest water source was miles away, and the only way you could get there was by foot? Each year, the GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman's Club partners with Nuru International to simulate the lengths women in extreme poverty take to provide clean drinking water for their families. Sponsored by local businesses, our club walks a mile to fill up 5-gallon buckets with water before walking back to the starting point - something families in third world countries do regularly. All money raised is then donated to NURU International, and we hope the visual impact helps raise awareness to this issue as well.

NURU International is a non-profit organization, founded by a native West Virginian, Jake Harriman, with a mission to end extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $300 per year. Andrew Cogar, Board member of Nuru International, says demonstrations like this have been done for years. "This was an idea that was generated by Nuru and supporters of Nuru, and has been carried out for many years," Cogar explained. "We believe it's important to do these kinds of events because it's so easy for us as Americans to sit on our couch and see a problem, but not really identify with it," Cogar said. "Events like this take us out of our comfort zone and help us to experience what it's like in a very small way." Click here to find out more about NURU International.

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