Spoiler Alert: At the end of this post I’m going to invite you to a virtual worldwide laundry day. I’m going to invite you to join me and my family as we build a water point and laundry facility for moms and their kids in South Africa. So that every time you fold those socks and super hero underoos you are reminded that moms do brave things. Including Laundry! #LaundryForAfrica

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Remember those posts I wrote? About how I’m a motherless daughter, a working mom, a homesick South African? Those were part of me opening the door and inviting you into my Cheerios crushed underfoot living room.

Because stories connect us.

Stories build bridges.

Through our shared stories of laundry apocalypse and the every day wash and rinse and repeat that sometimes motherhood feels like, I can throw open the door today and invite you into a real live laundry story that comes to you all the way from my home in South Africa.

Because I am convinced that this blog is not my platform. This blog is a door. And that my responsibility is to open it and invite you in.

So….

This is my step mom. She knit our family back together after my mom’s death. She and my dad adopted my brother, Ben Karabo the year before my first born, Jackson made me a mom. This is Mo on her shoulder, the third baby to join the family by adoption.

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This is my dad. He’s a doctor. He tells me all he ever really wanted was to be a preacher. But instead God just keeps giving him children. I tell him that sounds like Gospel to me.

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And this is the community my parents love and my adopted brothers and sisters are from. A whole community of moms who don’t have regular running water but still have all the same responsibilities, laundry and kids that we have.

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They live  just north of my hometown Pretoria, South Africa, in an area called Maubane. About 150 adults and 250 orphans and vulnerable children rely on outdoor faucets that often run out of water. Then they trek over to this spot, that currently has reliable water but no faucets, no floors, no structure. Just a hosepipe in the ground.

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Water supply point

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Imagine with me if you will, what laundry days would be like if this was your laundry room.

Because, the thing is, these moms and kids? This community? They’re extended family. My parents and the non profit organization they’re part of called Take Action have walked years and hundreds of stories with this community.

And you? You readers of this blog who’ve been walking alongside me and the every day wash and rinse and repeat chaos of motherhood? You’re extended family too.

And today? Today I want to connect you. My families. My stories. My countries.

Today I want to invite you to do virtual laundry together.

Help One Now and the local South African organizations that my parents work with, Take Action and the James 127 Trust have the architectural plans and the permission to build a community water point.

It’s designed with moms in mind. To make laundry days easier and bringing home water for cooking and drinking simpler.

The water point will be:

  • Consistent: because it will include a water storage tank so that even if water supply is interrupted, there will always be back up water.
  • Convenient: the water point will include clothes washing troughs – to make doing laundry easier.
  • Community friendly: there will be benches to sit and wait for a turn to wash clothes or gather water.
  • And offer food security: because it will be the water supply for a future vegetable garden.

And because the Internet can build a virtual bridge between here and South Africa moms the world over can offer to share a laundry day together. We all get being buried under piles of kids’ clothes and the knowledge that what we washed today will be dirty again tomorrow.

Let’s do virtual laundry together. Let’s build a water point and laundry facility for our sisters and their kids in South Africa.

So that every time you fold those socks and super hero underoos you are reminded that moms do brave things. Including Laundry! #LaundryForAfrica

It’ll cost us $5,000.

That includes the cost of the pump, the water storage tank and the local labor (which is a cool factor because it’s local job creation for the win!)

Donate the cost of a bottle of detergent, the cost of a load of laundry or the cost of a washer, won’t you?

So that next time you fold those socks and super hero underoos you are reminded that moms do brave things. Including Laundry! #LaundryForAfrica

And then, invite your friends —

Let’s do this thing.

UPDATED: YOU GUYS!!! We fully funded this project in less than 8 hours. I have full body goose bumps. Just got off the phone with my parents in South Africa and they’re going to send a thank you I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow. (Click here to read it). Let’s just say there was a lot of happy tears and happy dancing!!! Moms can do hard things! Amen!!

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