February 24th, 2017
Why Eagle Creek Wants to Get packH2O Water Backpacks into the Community
Eagle Creek first partnered on the packH2O initiative in 2016. With consumer support, we were able to purchase 1,023 water backpacks for the Samburu tribe living in Kenya. Additionally, we provided two heavy-duty sewing machines so that the packs could be manufactured in Kenya, thus alleviating logistics costs and helping to empower folks in the community.
So why packH2O water transporter packs?
Unsafe water is the number one public health problem in the world, and according to the World Health Organization, 315,000 children under the age of five die every single year from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. Due to the severity of this issue, Eagle Creek wants to do what we can to lend a hand and help support those children and families who don’t have access to safe water.
Just one packH2O water pack can provide safe water for a classroom of children for an entire day or serve the water needs for a household of five. These packs are a solution to the burden of carrying water miles from the water source back home and is more effective than the current, and easily contaminated jerry cans & containers that are often used for this purpose.
History & Impact
The concept for the packH2O water backpack was born in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake. The product and concept was quickly adopted by well-known NGO’s, such as the Clinton Global Initiative, Partners in Health, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Partners for Care. To date, over 210,000 packH2O water backpacks have been deployed in over thirty-five countries around the world, positively impacting over 1,050,000 lives.
“I don’t drink water from anything except that pack…If I drink water from something else, then my tummy hurts.”
These packs are making a sustainable impact among youth in Kenya through the Partners for Care Packs for Kids program. The program focuses on water-stressed communities, from the slums of Nairobi to Kilifi County on the coast. Working in the community, they have provided at least one backpack to every classroom, which impacts thirty children on average.
The objective of the pack goes above and beyond just the health benefits by also acting as an economic stimulator through job creation, as the pack was designed to be sewn and assembled in the country where it is intended to be sold. The packH2O water backpack product, therefore, is making a positive difference in the world, by addressing both economic and physical health – providing clean and safe water to those who need it most.
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