2015 | A new year, together!

PACKH2O

2015 will be about loving, educating and embracing one another. Focus on those brief moments to connect. Smile at a stranger, tell them your story and see how your lives intertwine. It’s through conversation and trust that we can lift one another up. Whether your passion is packH2O or a local initiative. It’s through everyday interactions that we can change the world together.

This year, packH2O will turn three. In this time we have worked with over 50 organizations, delivered nearly 200,000 backpacks and impacted almost 1 million people. We couldn’t have done this without you. You helped share the stories of women from around the world. Your companies helped match for a greater impact, your churches talked about our mission in your sermons. Your schools shared the backpack as a tool of innovation.

You were our voice.

From the bottom of my heart, and the many others who make packH2O a reality, we want to thank you. We hope that you will continue to support our mission for clean water and efficient transportation for those who need it most.

Warmly & Lightly,
Kelsey Langdale
Executive Director

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Shed Light

We had so much fun this weekend getting involved with Columbus’s first ever Fashion Meets Music Festival. Thanks to Catco Theater, we were able to build a unique, interactive light fixture for the opening Fusion Foundation Gala. To us, the light fixture has a higher purpose than just its soft glow. It has a story that we’d like to share:

Interactive Light Fixture at the FMMF Gala

Interactive Light Fixture at the FMMF Gala

A seed drops from the tree of life.

What potential a human being has. Where will the seed land? It glides over North America, over the islands of the Caribbean, and lands in Guatemala.

A light emanates from the seed, glowing with energy – the evidence of the brightness one individual can bring to the world. As this beautiful Guatemalan girl grows, her light struggles to shine as brightly as it did originally. The daily struggles of life distract her from the time she needs to spend on pursuing her unique gifts as a person. She must fetch water from the stream three miles from her village on a daily basis. The water is heavy and bears a heavy load on her head and neck. The jerry can she uses still harbors remnants of petroleum. Although she works hard everyday to bring this water home, it makes her family sick. She must take days away from school to carry water and even more to recover from waterborne illness. Her inner light dims.

The seed that became her from the tree of life did not land in the United States. Our lights here are often bright. A donation could give her and many girls a PackH2O water backpack to help carry water safely, allowing her light to shine brighter. Help carry hope for her.

PackH2O in Guatemala

PackH2O in Guatemala

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World Humanitarian Day 2014

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Today marks World Humanitarian Day–a day set aside to recognize the work and sacrifice of humanitarian workers around the world. The 2014 theme is ‘The World Needs More…’. We believe the world needs more people to champion the water crisis, more #Wavemakers.

We’re grateful for all those working around the globe to create a better world for us all and especially for our friends working to bring clean, safe water to people around the world. Share your support for support for #HumanitarianHeroes and #Wavemakers today.

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Outfit Good for Water

Spread good with the Wave Makers tee.

Spread good with the Wave Makers tee.

Two local Columbus projects work together to make a difference on an international level. For the month of August, if you buy a super soft, hand printed PackH2O Wave Makers tee through Outfit Good, you will also be giving $10 towards a PackH2O project. That means 100% of your donated $10 will go towards helping women and children around the world to carry water. The donated water backpacks will be implemented and brought out to the areas in need through our nonprofit partnerships. Click here to check out the shirts.

Women in water-stressed regions walk an average of 3.5 miles daily while carrying around 5 gallons of water on their head in a contaminated container. By purchasing a Wave Makers shirt and supporting PackH2O, you will be contributing towards our dream of giving a water backpack to all those in need of one. So, buy a snazzy new shirt to start off the fall season while also contributing towards our local movement to end the water crisis internationally.

Make waves. Create a ripple effect by supporting and spreading the word about the water transportation crisis with your friends, family, and fellow community members.

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WearGood + PackH2O

WearGood Jam Session

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Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF), WearGood Jam Session, PackH2O. What do these three things have in common? They are all collaborating together to combat the water crisis head on over a period of 9 days.

Rolling in first is the WearGood Jam Session over the weekend of August 22nd. Although the name invokes thoughts of audible music, this event is really about a startup think tank. Designers, engineers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and more are all using their talents to generate wearable technologies for social enterprises that tackle problems in Columbus. There are seven civic challenges at hand ranging from homelessness to public transportation, and the theme for the startups is wearable technology.

They created mock-ups from the Jam Session will be featured at FMMF’s Fashion Show and Tell. As an example of wearable technology, the PackH2O water backpack will be featured during the Jam Session to inspire thought. It will be used as a water dispenser for participants. We began three years ago as a local startup, so this is a cause we feel passionate about supporting. Also, we’re always looking for more ways to use the water backpack in daily life here. Visit WearGood’s website to sign up for the event and visit us.

The following week will be all about Columbus’s new FMMF event. The PackH2O water backpack is, in a sense, wearable fashion for a purpose. Because of this, we will be spreading information about the water transportation crisis throughout the festival. At the event, keep an eye out for new videos from us and some chances to buy our limited edition Wave Makers t-shirt! We’re extremely excited to be a part of this new festival in Columbus.

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Innovations in Smart Power: USGLC

Our friends at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) are featuring us in their 2014 Innovations in Smart Power Report! This yearly report features organizations and businesses that are making a positive impact towards global issues while simultaneously making a difference in their own areas. We are so honored to be among the other featured businesses and NGOs like the Coca Cola Company and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This report focuses on the issues that each group is working towards solving, the innovation created to attack the problem, and the return on investment. It is inspiring to see a such a complete, well-written account of organizations that tackle a wide range of global hardships. Some of the issues in the report include clean water access, modern slavery, farming for women, and global health. The amount of innovation that these organizations achieve is astounding. With global problems growing everyday, innovation by big business and NGOs is becoming the smarter route that is also better for the world.

Take a look at the report by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/WfFa2m

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Head On

“Head on,” a phrase all about tackling something with full force and passion. What do you take head on? Right now at PackH2O, we are currently working to engage the vibrant city of Columbus in an initiative called Columbus Carries Hope. It is all about a city-wide collaborative effort using social innovation and community awareness to combat the water crisis. Columbus Carries Hope is powered by socially-minded people, like you, working together for a common cause: lifting up one million people from the burden of the water crisis.

Here at PackH2O, we take the water crisis head on. It is our driving force, what pushes us to keep working every day. Personally, when I back a project, I start out with excitement and energy to pour all of my efforts into it. However, this initial energy is only sustained through projects that I have a true passion for. PackH2O’s mission to ease the burden of water transportation for women and children in developing countries is something that aligns with my values and goals as a person. It is because of this that I never grow tired of working towards a cause like the water crisis.

So is the water crisis something that you are passionate about? Are you willing to take this project head on with us? If so, join us and some other inspired people on our mission to carry hope with Columbus. What can you do to help? The opportunities are endless.

Start by sharing our Facebook page (click below) and other social media pages with friends and family.

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Together, we have the potential to make a huge impact.

 

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Women Empowerment = Nation Empowerment.

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“When you empower women, politically, economically and socially, you empower nations.”

-Ambassador Keith Harper;  U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 The Power of Empowered Women 2014 Event took place in Switzerland. New Zealand’s Ambassador, Amanda Ellis, hosted over 600 guests with at least 400 ambassadors. Our partner CXCatalysts was in attendance. Tess Mateo represented the Aguapack, a Guatemalan brand of PackH2O.

Ambassador Harper’s Remarks

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#ColumbusCarriesHope

Soon to be launched campaign, Columbus Carries Hope, will seek to align the efforts of people in our own community and bring clean water to 250,000 people in communities around the world by the end of 2015.

So as we come together this weekend for the 47th ComFest in our city’s history, to celebrate the vibrancy and unity of the Columbus community, raise a glass to the efforts that our city has brought fourth to promote prosperous communities around the world.

Because a community that has access to clean water is a healthier, safer community. Thank you for standing with us to tackle the water crisis head on over the past years–here’s to many more lives impacted.

“We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people…” — Comfest Statement of Principles

Us too.

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Water Equality

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On too many occasions, water accessibility is an easy determinant of socioeconomic status. When a child lacks access to clean water or the adequate amount of  daily water, there is a domino effect of issues that follow.

  • Long walks to a well in the morning can make a child tired or even skip school
  • Bullying can occur when children are visibly unclean at school.
  • Young children are more likely to be impacted by disease.
  • Children are more likely to drop out when their family needs help at home.

Fact: 443 million school days each year are lost from water-related illness.

Everyone deserves equality. Everyone deserves clean water.

PackH2O is helping to make that a reality with our water backpack.

Give a pack and  help a mother and her children today.

KYLA

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