I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic with Healing Waters International to bring awareness to their initiative to empower women and children – The Her Initiative. As I’ve shared before in this post, when I was approached to go on this trip I wasn’t quite sure if it was for me. I talked about it for weeks with Christian and prayed that the Lord would guide me to make the right decision. Clearly the decision was to dive right in and I am so incredibly glad I did. This trip truly opened my eyes to what some of our sisters are going through, and my heartstrings were pulled the entire five days I was there.
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General said, “To educate girls is to reduce poverty.” In summary, The Her Initiative works to provide clean drinking water to women and children and educate them on health and hygiene. The program is focused in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Rwanda and Uganda. With clean water programs in place, these children will be healthy and won’t miss school, giving them a greater change at success.
Many women in these countries spend up to eight hours a day carrying water back to their families. And this isn’t even clean water. We actually made this walk ourselves, carrying water in buckets on our heads, and I was truly left speechless. Tears were rolling down my cheeks afterward, as the female pastor of the village told us how blessed her community is and how she prays for our health and happiness. Can you imagine being in her shoes and still having a heart full of gratitude and appreciation?
all photos by Jenna Kutcher
I could write a novel about the moments from this trip that made me clutch my heart – how these children had never even brushed their teeth, how most of these women have their own child to care for by 16, how I saw toddlers carrying their infant siblings – but I know you guys have heard these stories. I want to share how you can help, and how I plan to help. We all have the resources, time and money that can make the difference for these women. For $25 a month, you can make a difference for her. Think of what you spend $25 a month on. A manicure, a Netflix subscription, movie tickets, a good bottle of wine… to think that sacrificing a movie date could give a child clean drinking water blows your mind, right?
Thank you guys for being so open and accepting to hearing more about this cause and why it’s important to me. We are all so incredibly blessed and we have the talents we possess because of our Father. He calls us to use our gifts for His purpose, and I feel called to use this blog as a platform to raise awareness for our sisters who need our help.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
Thank you so much for reading this blog and for being a part of this experience with me. I need to go wipe these tears from my cheeks now, #crybabyKat. Love you guys, XO –
PS – you can win one of these Her tank tops by following @the_her_initiative and tagging two friends in the most recent photo!