Caterpillar Foundation Water Walk at bauma 2016

April 14, 2016

Over 660 million people in the world lack access to clean water. Millions of women and children spend up to four hours – every day – walking to collect water for their homes and families. This time spent carrying water is time not spent seeking an education or earning income. And, too often, the water carries diseases that can make everyone sick. 

This week at bauma, show patrons walked a short distance in the shoes of those women and children who walk for water. As part of the Caterpillar Foundation Water Walk, show patrons each carried two 20-liter containers filled with water around a short track.

“A lot of big, strong men have tried to pick them up and said, ‘Whoa! I can barely pick this up!’” said Erika Kempf, a Caterpillar Foundation representative. “This is just a small fraction of what (many women and children) have to do each day.”  

Through the Water Walk at bauma, the Caterpillar Foundation is on track to donate for each lap walked up to $1 million during the weeklong trade show. The money will be donated to charity: water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to people in developing nations. 

The Caterpillar Foundation works with a number of non-profit partners, including charity: water, to help achieve its mission of alleviating poverty. Through its collaborative impact platform known as Together.Stronger.™, the Foundation is uniting businesses, non-profits, government and citizens to combine their strengths to alleviate poverty for millions of people worldwide. Learn more about charity: water and the Caterpillar Foundation’s other partners at togetherstronger.com.

Caterpillar Foundation

Since 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has been dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where we live and work around the world.

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Together.Stronger.

Through its collaborative impact platform known as Together.Stronger., the Foundation is uniting businesses, non-profits, government and citizens to combine their strengths to alleviate poverty for millions of people worldwide.

learn more