Today is Blog Action Day, October 15th. This year, bloggers around the world are posting about “Water”.
I take water for granted. I’m guessing you do too.
I normally have a glass of water on my desk, and fill a bottle to pop in my bag if I’m going out for any length of time.
It takes seconds to walk to the tap and grab a drink. And it’s what I’ve always known: water that’s available for pennies, that’s clean and safe to drink.
A billion people – one eighth of the world – don’t have that luxury.
I donate monthly to Water Aid. In part, I’m ashamed to say, because it was as convenient as switching on a tap. There was a handy form in my water bill in 2009, and I thought about how I take water for granted, and how so many people around the world can’t do that.
Back in 2007, I went to Madagascar with my family. We were flown out to tiny, remote villages to see the work of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship, a Christian charity getting medical support and other help to people who desperately need it). Even when the villages had wells, there was little or no understanding of good water hygiene - how to keep water safe and clean to drink. I saw first-hand that clean water sources simply do not exist for many people.
The figures about water are shocking. This is the one that saddens me most (you can find more at the Blog Action Day homepage):
Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
Imagine if 38,000 children died in America or in Europe in one week from something so preventable. There’d be an outcry. There’d be a solution.
However little you have to give, you could help save a child’s life. I like to give to Water Aid by monthly direct debit because the money goes out of my account without me needing to remember.
Whether you can make a large commitment or a small one, a regular donation or a one-off, I’d urge you to consider giving whatever you can today.
You can donate at http://www.wateraid.org – or simply search online for any water charity.