Approximately 2.1 billion people lack access to safe water worldwide. Women and girls literally carry the bulk of this burden, walking miles to collect water not only to drink, but to cook, bathe, and wash dishes and clothing. Kohler is working with humanitarian partners to help change that through a global program called Safe Water for All.
The annual Kohler Run for Safe Water is one of the many ways we engage our associates and individuals around the world who are passionate about safe water as a human right. So, we invite you to lace up your running shoes and join thousands of fellow participants in our month-long run/walk challenge from September 1 to 30, 2021.
Register for the Virtual Kohler Run for Safe Water, September 1-30, 2021.
Register for the In Person Kohler Run for Safe Water, September 18, 2021, in Kohler, Wisconsin
Our goal is to achieve 70,000 participants worldwide, logging a collective walk/run distance of at least 200,000 kilometers. Kohler will donate up to US$200,000 to fund Safe Water for All efforts around the globe, matching US$1 for every kilometer logged. The individual 20 km challenge for this month-long event is to log at least 5 km of distance each week for 4 weeks.
For perspective, 6 kilometers is the average distance women and girls walk to collect water daily. Our collective support can help provide families and communities with access to clean, safe water.
Building on Past Success
While pandemic conditions in the fall of 2020 required canceling our in-person run, we were able to pivot and kick off our inaugural virtual run. Over 65,000 participants worldwide logged a collective run/walk/hike/wheelchair distance of over 8 million kilometers. As a result, Kohler donated US$200,000 to Safe Water for All efforts.
Working with humanitarian partners, we were able to execute site-specific projects:
This year’s 2021 Run for Safe Water will allow us to continue these projects. Additionally, we will activate work with Dig Deep, supporting the Navajo Nation, and with WaterFirst, addressing Canada's indigenous communities. Supported by Water Mission, we will be installing handwashing stations in 20 schools in Jhagadia, India. Finally, our sponsorship of Water Mission’s Global Water Center will help raise awareness and inspire new solutions to stem the global water crisis.
Since the first global safe water stewardship activities were piloted in 2017, Kohler’s efforts have impacted 1.2 million lives and counting.
More Ways to Help
The magnitude of the safe water crisis is too large for any individual, organization, or business to impact on its own. This crisis affects communities everywhere in the world– urban and rural communities in both wealthy and developing countries. Kohler is proud to partner with humanitarian organizations that prioritize solving the safe water issue.
You can learn more about the global crisis or donate to safe water initiatives currently underway here. We are grateful for the passion of people like you all around the world who give their time and energy to make a positive impact.