December 2011 Archives

Do Something

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Dream Sailor (who just happens to be my niece) wrote this wonderful reflection/call to action.
I've posted the text here, but be sure to visit her blog for the original post

Water is a familiar thing to me.
Cold drinking water.
Warm shower water.
Water for Rocket Dog.
I give my cat water through IV's.
Water for my plants.
Water in the bottle in my skating bag and in the car.
Water I sometimes waste, by not drinking, or spilling...

...It's hard to think that SO many people that we share this planet with don't have safe drinking water.

1.1 billion people in fact.

1.1 billion. Without access to safe drinking water.

In fact, 6,000 children die every day from disease associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene - equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.

Traditional wells only cost around $2,600 to drill. It will bring water, health and happiness to an entire African village.

Just to put things in perspective,
this Gucci hand bag costs $2690.
That's $90 more than a traditional well.
Am I saying this, so that those of us who own expensive hand bags can feel condemned?
Absolutely not.

I say this because we constantly need to put life in to perspective. We need to ask ourselves questions that cause us to think about how we live and act.

Change comes about by asking questions.

Because questions lead to answers.
And answers lead to action.

....And right now, I believe this to be one of the best causes to take action for.
....Because everyone. Absolutely everyone, should have access to clean, safe drinking water.

You can be the 1 that helps the 1.1 billion.

Give water for Christmas:
Peace on Earth.
Lets make it happen.


Sustainability is key

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Great article on NYTimes Fixes blog on the importance of sustainability for water projects.

Sustainability has been another of my big take away lessons from my work with AWF and our partner Africare.

Every project proposed and implemented by Africare is designed to be sustainable. Community involvement begins before sites are even selected. All proposals include the formation of local committees for well maintenance, water management and community health. Local volunteers and contractors are employed in construction. Locally obtained materials for pump construction are used whenever possible so that if a pump breaks down, parts are available.

We often have donors ask us 'How much does it cost to build a well?" and while it would be nice to reply with a straightforward  price tag of x number of dollars, it's impossible because a project involves so much more than just 'building a well". However, a few minutes spent explaining the concept of sustainability and the need for a comprehensive project is usually all it takes for donors to realize how much more effective their contributions can be.

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