But let's get serious about some numbers concerning WASH and Literacy in Liberia. However, don't see them as just 'stats' or 'numbers' see them as people...
- 6 out of 10 Women in Liberia CANNOT read/write
- 70% of Liberians DO NOT have access to safe sanitation facilities
- Women have access to education only 1/2 as much as men
- 4 out of 10 rural Liberians lack access to clean water
- 55% of Liberians CANNOT read/write (Men/Women)
- 1 out of every 10 deaths in Lofa county (a county in Liberia where we work) is the result of diarrhea.
- 4% of Women in Liberia can read a full sentence, Only 4%!!!!!!!!
Chew on those numbers for a bit, and just for kicks look up the country where you live -what is the literacy rate? What percentage of people die from WASH related diseases? I don't want this blog to make you feel guilty, that is not my purpose, as I stated before my purpose is to bring awareness and support to the Literacy and WASH projects that SP Liberia is doing. It will change people's lives-really it will.
Training-keeping with the title, this week I ran 7 miles on Sat. and 8 on Sunday. Averaging 9-9:45 min/mile. I am starting to work on my pace-meaning I want to be able to know what it 'feels' like to run consistent 9:30min/miles for 13 miles (I am pretty sure it will FEEL painful!), but also to know when to increase my pace or decrease it as needed throughout 26.2 miles. I also have a heart monitor I wore for the first time-my watch is synchronized with it-so I can take a quick peek at my heart rate whenever I want...great another number I can obsess with...
Future blog entries: Interviews with the awesome women who manage these two programs and stories of people impacted by WASH/CLP projects.