"I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all. You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post. This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!"
Most people might question why would I commit myself to hand washing and using flats when there are easier ways. I am not living in poverty, I own a washer and dryer and I have every kind of diaper imaginable. So why. Well I wasn't always in this position. When I was growing up we were poor. Our well dried up when I was 5 or 6 and we lived with out running water for 3 years. I don't remember much since I was so young but some things I can never forget. Like going to the YMCA once a week to shower or using water from our pool to flush toilets. Times were tough. This happened in a suburban town in America. For many people around the world this is life everyday. As a newlywed in rural Turkey the people in the village that we lived in go every summer with limited supplies of water. We all had to choose between water for our crops or water for ourselves. Everyday me and my sister-in-law would walk down to the mosque and fill buckets with water and then walk home. I want to complete this challenge to prove to myself that no matter what situation I find myself I will be able to take care of my family.