When you live in a country like the United States, where the minimum standard of living includes air conditioning, multiple electronic devices and access to free education, it is hard to imagine the inconveniences of a developing nation. When you live in a state like Florida, where a minimum standard for many single family homes include a sprinkler system to ensure your lawn is green and lush year round, you can’t imagine wanting for a glass of water to drink. When you’ve never been to a country where a woman with multiple jobs and a family to help support has to plan for water search that may take half a day or she compromises her livelihood and/or the life of her child.
It is not a marketing ploy or social issues framing when I say WATER IS LIFE. It is the ability to sustain crops or livestock in Pakistan or prevent life threatening diarrhea and dysentery in Nepal. 11% of the world’s population does not have access to clean water and this result in 700,000 children dying from water related diseases every year. WaterAid is a global organization that works to make safe sanitation and water available to the poorest people. WaterAid partners with those in the local community to provide skills and support practical and sustainable need based projects.
Why, am I telling all this? Not to make you feel bad about having a toilet that does not bleed into your tap water, but to spread awareness in hopes that just one more person gets involved with this rockin’ cause. So whether you give money, volunteer time in one of their offices or share this with those in your circle, please take the time to support WaterAid. Visit their website to learn more http://www.wateraidamerica.org