Thursday, June 21, 2012

Noteworthy News: The Water Crisis

It is a high of 97 degrees in New York City today.

In my air conditioned bedroom, I wake up comfortable, but still thirsty.

I fill up a large glass of clean, cold drinking water, and I feel my thirst immediately quenched.

Two more glasses of water I consume in preparation for a potentially dehydrating day.

And as I drink the fresh, clean water, it occurs to me how very blessed I am.

I have clean drinking water.

But many people do not.

Take three minutes, and watch this video produced by charity : water, an organization seeking to provide clean drinking water to nations around the globe.  Almost one billion people go without clean drinking water...

As you sip on your cold glass of water, as you do laundry, as you wash dishes or take a shower or clean your house, ponder these statistics (taken from the charity : water website):

  • 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur each week from unsafe water and unhygienic conditions are children below age five.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours walking to find water.  Time spent walking keeps women and children from work and school.
  • Women and children suffer attacks and spinal pain as a result of walking long distances with water on their backs.
  • Families spend 11% of their income on water, a basic need.
  • When a Water Committee is formed in a community, women have the chance to take a leadership role, restoring dignity and equality.
  • Water is a catalyst, affecting health, education, income, food, and overall, a future.

Are you as affected by this as I am right now?  I complain about having to walk to the grocery store and carry my bags home; I grumble about sweating profusely in the summertime; and I feel parched when I go one hour without fresh water.  I, for one, am humbled by these statistics.

Want to get involved?  Just $20 can give one person clean, safe drinking water; 100% of your donation goes straight to the cause.

How has this article impacted you?  What basic amenity do you feel most grateful for today?  How can you get involved?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Our church just had a big fundraising event to provide a well for an African Village through WorldVision--it was quite an eye-opening experience.


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