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Monday, November 25, 2013

Walk for Water- The Water Crisis

In the morning when I wake up, before my eyes even open, my mouth craves water. When I open my eyes and look to my nightstand I am bothered that my cup is empty and that I have to walk all the way to the bathroom to fill it up.

Later in the day when Gabriel goes down for his nap I know I should take a shower but I don't really feel like spending my time getting wet just to dry off again so I pull my hair up. Instead of showering I go downstairs to fill  a pot of water to make Kombucha and I get impatient with how long it takes to fill up 14 cups of fresh clean water from my kitchen facet.

During Gabriel's lunch he throws his water cup on the floor and it spills everywhere and it bugs me because now I have to clean it up. When I go to put the wet and dirty dish clothe in the washer I notice there is a wet load sitting in there from the day before that is now soggy smelling. I add a little more soap and run the washer again.

Come time for bed I go around the house to tidying things up for the new day to come. I find a couple cups of water Chris and I forgot about, so before I turn the lights off I dump those partially drank cups of water down the sink. I go upstairs, turn on the facet to brush my teeth and then crawl into bed. 

I think it's safe to say that I take clean accessible drinking water for granted and forget that this basic need is one that 1 billion people in our world are living without. I knew a lot of people in the world we're as fortunate as myself to have clean accessible water but I didn't know that is was a billion people- I can't even wrap my mind around how many people that is. It also seemed logical to me that not having access to clean water would cause illness but never have I stopped to think that it was bigger than that, that not having access to clean water would also affect education. It's not a secret that there is a strong correlation (can be) between education and quality of life.

Here I am bugged that I have to walk a few steps to a FAUCET that pumps out an endless supply of clean water when there are other mothers (hundreds of millions) who have to walk upwards of 3 hours A DAY to collect water that is most likely contaminated. Did you know that while watching that video over 10 children died due to water related illnesses?

These facts hurt because there is no question that they are true. I used to mistake feelings of conviction for guilt in these situations but guilt and conviction are two entirely different emotions. Guilt causes us to feel stupid and spiral into depression (given extreme circumstances) while conviction lights a fire under us and propels us to make a difference for the better.

Because the average African walks up to 5 miles per day to get drinking water our church is doing a Walk for Water fundraiser to meet this need- one well will provide clean water to more then 2,000 people. All net proceeds will help build wells that will provide clean drinking water. On December 14th all participants will be walking 2.5 miles to pick up a 5 gallon container of water to then carry 2.5 miles back to the starting point.

My goal is to raise $100 dollars to give towards building wells in Africa so that more people have access to clean water which will save the lives of more children and providing more women and children the opportunity to receive an education. I have set up a donation collection through PayPal. If you feel lead to give financially towards my walk you may easily do so below.

Please, if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you for taking the time to watch the video and thinking about how you can make a difference.

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