Meet Everybody Water, The Company that Refuses to Accept the Global Water Crisis
Megan Hayes and Kimberly Reilly are reimagining the “glass is half full” concept by launching a sustainable water company that also provides people in developing countries with a new quality of life — so that Everybody has Water.
No one is ready to believe that it’s 2019. We’re one year away from 2020, and while cars aren’t (quite yet) flying, it’s only assumed technology will continue evolving at a rapid pace. While modern advances enthrall us, we haven’t always jumped at the idea of addressing basic human needs. You may be thinking, “They’re necessities. What’s there to improve if everyone has them?” In actuality, not everyone has the privilege of living with their most basic need, water. Did you know ⅕ th of the population doesn’t have clean running water? Before meeting Everybody Water, neither did I.
Imagine waking up with no clean water. No clean water to brush your teeth, rinse your face or brew a hot cup of tea or coffee. No clean water to bathe or shower after a long day. No clean water to wash your dishes or clothes. No clean water to grow food, denying animals and family members nutrients and nourishment. The only option is to walk a far distance to a highly contaminated water source and spend all day, everyday, on foot, carrying heavy buckets for every drop of water you need. And, if you’re a female or an adolescent girl, you’re denied an education or employment, as the latter is replaced by the time required for your most basic physical dependency, water.
That vision may sound absurd to you. But this scenario is a glaring reality for 20% of the world. Regardless of the articles written, environmental pacts made, and conversations held, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Communities in developing countries like Honduras and Bangladesh, although plentiful in water sources, are seriously affected by their lack of infrastructure; 1 in 5 children under the age of five dying, and women and children unable to obtain an education or spend time with their families, all for water. The dire nature of these communities’ problems aren’t something I exaggerate for effect, but state to emphasize how essential convenient, clean water and sanitation is for communities to thrive, especially women and girls…and for all of our collective future .
When Megan and Kimberly created a brand of water in a carton to raise awareness and rally consumers behind solutions for the problem at hand, I felt the need to share their selfless mission. The female entrepreneurs are running a new kind of humanitarian water company, and funding sustainable clean water and sanitation projects— and the proof of concept is in the communities they serve. See these pics of Megan and Kimberly of Everybody Water, with Water1st International, traveling to La Virtud, Honduras, to tackle their first water project, supplying 350 people with clean water, toilets and showers for the first time in their lives. The project takes a sustainable approach, ensuring communities can self-sufficiently maintain them for generations to come. The project includes the purchase of land to protect the watershed to ensure the sustainability of the water source as well. Thanks to Everybody Water, we’re learning change through compassion.
Join Everybody Water’s mission to navigate a more sustainable world by supporting #waterwithaheart. Everybody Water’s 100% recyclable 16.9 oz cartons are now available for purchase at Bloomy Rind, Daily Press Juice Bar, Green Light Hingham, Seabird Coffee, Fresh Feast, Krigsman Yoga, Quench Juicery, Juice Barn Norwell, French Memories Duxbury and more.
Author: Carly Quellman
Carly Quellman is a freelance writer who contributes short and long-form articles for multiple publications, as well as creative and social copy. Carly’s work mainly focuses on women, plant-based food, culture, and travel. New to the New York scene, you can find the Southern-California native working out of any coffee shop or café with natural light and foliage, reminiscent of long summer days in Los Angeles. If Carly’s not writing, she’s taking a hot yoga class, attending a creative event, or finding an excuse to travel. (She insists on venturing somewhere new every three months.) To learn more about Carly and view her portfolio, visit her website at carlyquellman.com. For work-related inquiries, please contact Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org.