Water, Water, Everywhere--Not really!
Every child in the world deserves not only deserves to be fed, but they have a right to clean, easily accessible water. Yet, 780 million of the world's population do not have access to clean drinking water.Today is my family's second day without running water. Our pump met its demise. For us that means filling containers with water at my daughter's 8 miles away, and bringing them home to water the stock, flush toilets, wash dishes, cook meals, and do all the wonderful cleaning things that have become almost impossible for most of us in developed countries without running water. While it does take some effort on our part, it is nothing compared to what almost a billion people world-wide go through on a daily basis--but they don't have cars for transportation.
As a child, there were times when we did not have running water or flushing toilets. We carried and hauled, and spent more time than I care to remember using outhouses. But that was 50 years ago. Half of America was in the same boat. This is 2014, and things should be different!
Today, instead of drawing a glass of water from the kitchen sink, kids in undeveloped countries are walking miles each day to fill the family's jugs with water that is anything but clean. The time involved prevents them from attending school, and while that water is life saving, is also life taking. Every 21 seconds, a child under the age of five dies from the diarrhea caused by dirty water. That's 4,100 little people each day who will never get a chance to go to school, dream dreams, share their life, have a family of their own, or even read or write a book. No hugs. No kisses. Just 1.5 million children disappearing from the face of the earth each year because they didn't have access to clean water. It's heartbreaking.
So, let's change it. Get involved. Spread the word. Donate if you can. Include the message on your blog or your Facebook account. I've joined http://water.org/ who will add an email update to my Facebook twice a month.