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When a working parent gets sick, their whole operation comes to a screeching halt.

This is nowhere more true than in the Saboba region of Ghana, where the mothers are often the breadwinners.

This community is driven primarily by women — nurses, seamstresses, and others who shoulder the burden of caring for their families and for the community as a whole. With all these responsibilities, it's imperative they stay healthy enough to run the show. But there's a big problem: They don't have clean water, and without it, sickness is inevitable.


Like most mothers, these women can't afford sick days, so they're spreading a solution for clean water to keep their families and communities healthy.

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There are some common problems faced by working mothers everywhere, but for some moms, even the basics are a struggle.

The women of Saboba are hardworking, accomplished career women and mothers, like many women in the United States. They lead successful, fulfilling lives. But one important thing they struggle with is getting clean water.

Ghana has made much progress providing access to clean water, yet more than 3 million people still struggle to find clean water every day.

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Many collect their drinking water directly from rivers and streams. This water contains bacteria that can make people sick for weeks at a time — but without an alternative water source, it's a risk they have to take.

Getting clean water to these communities is complicated and costly, but there's now a technology that can help.

Until permanent sources of clean water can be put in place, one way to get clean water to people in need is the P&G Purifier of Water packets, shown in the video above. They make it possible to turn river water into clean, drinkable water.

The packets are lightweight and easy to ship, so it’s relatively easy to distribute them via organizations that are already working in communities in Africa.

In Ghana, women like Fusenia and Joana have taken on a new task bringing purification packets to the rest of the community.

They're already workers and mothers, and now they're clean water activists too. Even within the hectic pace of their daily lives, they find time to bring clean water knowledge and resources to others as well.

Every working parent can empathize with what these women go through just to stay on their feet. We all understand how difficult it is to balance life's many demands already, and that's before having to worry about finding clean water.

While Fusenia and Joana have to bring clean water to their communities themselves, it's easy for us to help communities like theirs.You can donate online or even order packets of your own and teach others why it's so important to help these people get clean water.

It's not just about getting them healthy water to drink. It's about helping them get back to doing what they do best: being loving, dedicated working moms.

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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