Our second annual event will be held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017, starting at 9am EST at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill.
The first annual Lug-a-Jug 6k walk was held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill.
United Solar Initiative (USI) is in a partnership with World Vision, the largest non-government provider of clean water in the world, to help address the issue of water poverty. In this partnership, USI has been tasked to help install solar panels on 100 World Vision water pumps, with 10 installations in 10 different countries. A solar-powered water pump can power the distribution of clean drinking water to an average of 800 individuals per pump. These pumps are to be placed in communities across Sub-Saharan Africa, as a local solution for individuals who travel on average 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) each day to find clean drinking water. These individuals, often women and children, are usually unable to attend school or get a job as a result of spending many hours of their day fetching water.
The Lug-A-Jug event does not only raise money for these installations, but also raises awareness of the condition of these water-scarce communities. Teams of 5-10 people carry one 5-gallon jug for 3 kilometers unfilled, then 3 kilometers filled. This walk is designed to model the journey many individuals in under-served communities take every day to provide clean drinking water for their families. Teams are tasked to finish the walk as quickly as possible, without letting their jugs touch the ground or spilling any water in the process.