It’s pretty simple, water. It is made out of 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. For most of us, we obtain water be walking over to a sink and opening the tap. The process for us to obtain water takes under a minute. Our water is clean, it comes from a clean source and is free of harmful bacteria and substances. Water seems to be common place in life. Water seems to be something that might be overlooked every day as we open our clean water bottles and take a drink. Water, is pretty simple- unless you live in most developing countries.
Women and children walk hours per day to obtain water, to live. They miss school, they are not able to work. The water obtained and worked so hard for is usually dirty. Not having clean water can increase a chance of sickness in a person as they are at increased risk due to ‘bugs’ and feces in the water. For most people in developing countries water is not an everyday activity that takes minutes and almost no thought. Water stops lives from progressing. Water.org states that every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of water. They state that women spend more than 200 million hours per day collecting water. They estimate that more than 3 times the number of people in the United States lack water. They estimate that 1/10 of the global disease burden could be eliminated with access to clean water. Water is pretty simple, really.
If you are reading this, you are probably one of the lucky ones. Water is pretty simple for us, but not for a lot of people. Water.org has a mission to provide clean water for everyone, that is their ultimate goal anyway. I first learned about this foundation watching a silly clip of Matt Damon playing Santa Claus on youtube.com. Here he is asking the kids what they want for Christmas and then handing them a water bottle. The kids are pretty cute on the movie, but the message hits home. Most of us do not think about the water we obtain from the faucet or the bottle of water and ask for something trivial for Christmas. In contrast, there are a lot of people struggling to survive simply because they cannot obtain water.
Water.org is doing amazing work, although it does not hurt to have Matt Damon helping you out. To help them in their mission does not have to cost you anything. Click here to find out how you can help by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. If you are able to give money, there are also many projects to donate to. You can also buy a water bottle. It’s pretty simple, really.
Latest Sweet is a place to spotlight people and organizations that are doing amazing things to help people. I chose water.org because I have been to Ghana (one of their project countries) and I have seen the water supply in outlying villages. While there we did work with funds we brought and other teams to build a water well for the people in this village. Until visiting the water.org site, I did not fully understand the impact of unsafe and hard to access water. What water.org is doing is changing lives. It’s pretty simple.