Jakhya Rahman, 24 from London organised The 8 Mile Water Run on the 9th June at Battersea Park to raise funds for her Raleigh Expedition as Project Manager to India in July 2012.
The concept of the run was based on statistics from UNESCO, Facts and Figures: Water Supply and Sanitation; ‘the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is six kilometres and the weight of water they carry on their heads is about 20 kilograms.’ This inspired Jakhya to plan a 6km run (about 4 miles) to an imaginable water source and pick up a 20kg weighted rucksack and carry it a further 4 miles.
She has previously been on expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua with Raleigh as a venturer and now she is volunteering as a Project Manager in India to help further her knowledge of International Development and help make a difference to the lives of people living in remotes areas.
“This was a very difficult activity for me but with training and support was able to overcome the challenge, however consider myself fortunate that it is not a daily occurrence and thus hope to raise awareness of this issue to others.” She hopes to highlight the importance of the work Raleigh International does overseas in providing fresh water to communities and other important community projects such as building eco-sanitation and bio-gas units.
Here is a video summarising the event: http://bit.ly/L6jjTW