The humble Jerry Can. It’s not something…

The humble Jerry Can. It's not something...

The humble Jerry Can. It’s not something we think much of in the developed world. Perhaps we use one on car camping trips when water is not readily available; I’ve got a couple for just that purpose. Originally designed in the 1930’s for the German military (hence, “Jerry”) to haul gasoline, the typical Jerry Can holds 20 liters, or 5.3 US gallons, of liquid. In the developing world, the Jerry Can is both a symbol of hope and despair. Despair in that hundreds of millions of people – mostly women and children – spend hours each day hauling these jugs long distances to and from safe water points. A full Can weighs 44 pounds. For 800 million people globally, safe, accessible water is simply not a reality; this fundamental human right – which we take for granted – is a profound luxury for so many. But, the Can is also a symbol of hope, for throughout the developing world we see villagers queued at safe water points, working as a community to manage and sustain this vital resource. While far more difficult than simply turning on a tap, the collection of safe water from a communal tap is a big, positive step for countless communities. And with great organizations like @waterforpeople, @charitywater, @water_health, and more working hard to provide for those in need, the battle is slowly being won. | In this photo, Kabanda Epimaque repairs damaged jerry cans for villagers on the side of the road in Rulindo, Rwanda. He charges 5 to 35 cents per repair, depending on the size and scope of the damage. #waterislife #liveyouradventure

Rulindo District

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