“There’s about a 25% chance that I’m coming home with Malaria; but I’m happy.” On the road with charity: water
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Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day. The battle to bring clean water to every person in community in every corner of the world is not confined to one day a year; it is an often grueling, day-in-and-day-out process. It is a task many organizations and people groups around the globe have taken to heart; a mission to make the world a better place.
But the goal of World Water Day — though it be just one day — is to raise awareness about the severity of this very fixable problem; and to spur to action those of us who take clean water for granted. This month, we will be bringing you stories of organizations bringing hope and healing to communities around the globe through clean water.
Clean water is a catalyst for disease prevention, gender equality and food supply. Without clean water, disease runs rampant. Women spend hours a day walking to a water source to collect water — and dirty water at that — and miss out on opportunities to get an education and to care for themselves, and their families. And the world’s food supply is stretched thin, leading to conflict and famine. (read more)
charity: water is but one organization who has made it their mission to tackle this feat.
The organization builds water projects in communities where a clean water source does not exist. These wells become a life-source for the communities. They bring health, healing and happiness to the people. In 2010, charity: water hit a milestone: they reached 3 million people with clean water. To accomplish this feat, they are on the ground in communities around the world, bringing these clean water projects to fruition.
charity: water Communications Strategist, Tyler, is often on the ground in these communities, telling the stories of the people groups reached by their clean water projects. To keep his family and friends up-to-date, he often sends emails full of stories and photos. A few of his emails have been published on the charity: water blog providing an inside look at what it’s like to be on this mission.
Here we are. Last night in Mali. I’m currently hunkered down inside my mosquito net fortress on a two inch-thick foam pad with a pillow that feels like a bag of sand. I don’t smell great, I’m wearing this pair of underwear for the third time and there’s about a 25% chance that I’m coming home with Malaria, but I’m happy. This trip has been incredible. And surreal.
Read more of Tyler’s journeys on the charity: water blog. Let it inspire you, encourage you and spur you to action.