madagascar_banner_850px When you hear: let’s build something incredible… I highly doubt commodes and water fountains come to mind. When you hear: let’s transform the lives of schoolchildren… I highly doubt you imagine providing something as simple as an alternative to popping a squat in a bush or drinking water that may or may not end their lives prematurely.

As a resident and citizen of a developed nation, as child of the modern world and ALL ITS CONVIENCES; like anyone else I take for granted the smallest of pleasures. The joy of a glass of water clean and refreshing is something that cannot be denied during the incredibly intense summer heat. The ease of a public restroom that is attended to like clockwork by maintenance support staff and smells of sweet air deodorizers. Even my toddlers have access to miniature and meticulously maintained toilets in most public areas. I have not really considered these things a privilege or a blessing until very recently.

I’ve taken more than one medieval transport ride to some pretty rural and interesting locales internationally. I’ve popped my fair share of sketch squats. I’ve horded my fair share of bottled water out of fear of running out in the wrong place. And once I was out of those areas and those situations, I never gave them a second thought. But as I learn about Perlette and Zafera, as I read their narrative and learn their struggles and hopes; I started pondering toilets and taps a bit more.

WaterAid is doing something amazing for schoolchildren in Madagascar. In Madagascar alone, every year 13,000 children under five die due to water-related diseases. I found the data appalling so this summer I decided to help transform the live of 12,000 children in my free time by supporting WaterAid. With the help of random caring folks like you or I; 31 schools could have real toilet and clean drinking water. If you want to learn more, bounce on over to the link below:

http://www.wateraidamerica.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/madagascar/lets_build_futures/default.aspx

WaterAid helps poor children on multiple continents gain access to safe water; they also educate about sanitation and attempt to influence policy on related topics. This article was written in conjunction with an ongoing campaign by Mom Bloggers for Social Good.