How You Can Help Vanessa Lachey Provide Clean Water to All Kids

Vanessa Lachey

Actress Vanessa Lachey is accustomed to juggling a busy schedule. But the devoted wife of Nick Lachey says that since giving birth to the couple's two children -- son Camden, 3, and daughter Brooklyn, 1 -- she's become laser-focused on what's really important to her and her husband: putting family first.

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CafeMom had an opportunity to speak with Lachey, who's lending her voice and support to raise awareness of the need for clean water for children and families worldwide.

The 35-year-old has teamed up with Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) nonprofit Children's Safe Drinking Water to help other parents provide clean water for their children.

"This is an ongoing global issue," say Lachey. "But this month is an amazing celebration because P&G has delivered 10 billion liters of clean water since the program started in 2004. So we're celebrating. It's a huge milestone."

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In honor of this achievement, from May 3 to May 31, P&G will donate $10 for every $1 donated up to a total P&G contribution of $1 million.

As a mom of two young children, Lachey says she felt compelled to do something to help because the program not only touched her heart but also educated her on the severity of the issue. For example, 1,000 children die every day in India alone due to polluted water, according to Conserve Energy Future.

"This is something we don't desire every day, this is something we need as human beings. Clean water affects your health, which affects you going to school, which affects your education, which affects your ability to go to work, and, ultimately, it affects your family and your livelihood," she says. "As we make more people aware of this, we're hoping to change that ripple effect."

While it's easy to adopt an out-of-sight, out-of mind approach to this problem, the model, who was born in the Philippines, says the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has really brought the issue home for many who otherwise felt immune.

"It's not something that's third-world, it's everywhere," says the former Miss Teen USA. "There are a million ways to help, but with this initiative, the more money we can raise, the more families we can help around the world."

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With two little ones at home, Lachey says if she's going to devote her time to a project, it has to be something that makes sense for the whole family.

"First and foremost, I try to always pick things that are close to my heart. That's why this program is amazing because it does follow in everything I believe in. As a mother you worry about your children every single day. If I align myself with things that allow me to put my family first, then I feel like I'm doing an okay job as a mom. If you put your family first, everything else seems to fall in place," says Lachey, who adds that it also helps to have a hands-on husband.

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"I commend single parents. I don't know how they do it. I don't know how many times I've had both kids and said, 'Babe, can you go grab this?' Or, 'Can you go to the grocery store while I start dinner?' Single parents have to do it all and they do it and they get through it -- sometimes gracefully, sometimes with frustration. But it's amazing and incredible.

"I think at the end of the day we all have the common factor of love for our children and we want what's best for them, so we do everything we can. But I'm very grateful to have a supportive husband who is also a great daddy."

Learn more about Children's Safe Drinking Water and how you can make a difference for kids all over the world.

 

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