Posted on | June 16, 2012 | 2 Comments
We don’t have a dishwasher in our 1940’s home. The family we bought the house from never updated the kitchen so I stand at the sink looking out at the backyard, water running, and I wash dishes. I don’t mind, we’re a small household, no kids, and I kind of like the meditation. But since we settled on Water.org as the cause we’re supporting for our 2012 PwP fundraiser, this simple act has felt… different.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
I stand at my sink and turn on the tap and the water… just… appears. It gets hot, too, after a minute, maybe longer. I let it run until the heat is up. It’s seemingly limitless, this essential resource. I expect it be there, clean enough to drink, always available, and without end. Lately, I find myself imagining what it would be like were that not the case. And honestly, I can’t. Through my travels, I have had limited access to water, of course. The day the water just stopped in the Mto wa Mbu campground in Tanzania. Bringing big plastic jerrycans of water to rustic campsites. Needing to boil or filter or treat my drinking water while traveling in Southeast Asia. But my limited access has always been temporary, it’s not a way of life.
3.775 million people die each year from a water related disease. That is equal to the entire city of Los Angeles.
For millions of people, extremely restricted access to water — this resource so many of us take for granted — is a way of life. And when those people don’t have access to a clean water source, they die. Our support of Water.org this year is simply fundamental.
People need clean water to live. We can provide that.
We have an ambitious goal again this year. Raising $100,000 will fund the construction of five wells for two communities in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Water.org doesn’t just build the wells and walk away — they also work train the local community to maintain their own wells and provide additional education around water and sanitation.
The communities we’ll support are real — Boucan Carre and Mirebalais. Haiti has been on our minds since the quake in January, 2010, but we wanted to be sure our funds would be used effectively, that the money we all worked to raise wouldn’t be lost in a storm of corruption and disorganization. Water.org now has local, stable partnerships and we’re confident that this project will serve the communities we’ve chosen to support. You can help.
What can you do right now? Two things:
- Take a minute to think about the water you’re using. Then, look at the facts about water safety and access. You get it, right?
- Commit your support to our 2012 fundraiser. Sign up here.
For more information, visit the press release.