What makes our earth so unique is the presence of water. This key substance connects every aspect of life on our planet, and is essential for the survival of all living things, from tiny microscopic bacteria to massive blue whales. And yet even on a planet composed of over 70% water, 1 in 9 people lack access to safe, drinkable water. That’s approximately 785 million people worldwide. Thankfully, companies like Lifestraw are trying to change that. Lifestraw established the Give Back Program in 2014 as a way to clean contaminated water and make it safe to drink for communities around the world.

water filter bottles from lifestraw

How Does it Work?

Lifestraw Community filters are transported and installed at schools in vulnerable communities. These filters meet the highest requirements of the World Health Organization and the US EPA, removing virtually all viruses, bacteria, parasites, and microplastics from water. A single filter lasts three to five years and is capable of filtering approximately 100,000 liters of water. This serves 75 to 100 school children, and the number of filters needed for each school is dependent upon the school population.

Contributing to their program is as easy as purchasing any product. For every Lifestraw product sold, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year. But this program does more than just provide water filters for communities in need. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers is sent to crucial sites around the world to ensure sustainability through comprehensive planning, training, education and quarterly follow-up visits for five years. At the end of 2019, this program already provided 3,367,145 students with 1 year of safe water and reached 1,870 schools with 12,220 filters delivered and almost 16,000 follow up visits.

Check out this video for more information on this incredible program:

Hike it Baby is proud to have Lifestraw as one of our partners. Learn more about the partners that support Hike it Baby’s mission to connect families with young children to the outdoors and each other.


About Hike it Baby

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Pearl Gee.

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