Let’s bring clean water to 100 people! (It’s World Water Day. And it’s my birthday present!)

Water is for the global good!

For my birthday, April 6, I want to get clean water to 100 people. Want to help?

You can give $43 now (my age, ugh!) or anything at all. Hey,  $10 is great.

Go to:  http://mycharitywater.org/theglobalgood

All – 100% – will go to a clean water project like a well or a filtering system. If we reach our big goal of $2000, we will bring clean drinking water to 100 people.  Clean water to drink, and not for one day either. Every day. As they say, “Water changes everything.”

 

 

 

I know it sounds silly, but ever since I read the novel Dune, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of a planet– our planet– without water. I’m a sci-fi fan. When clean drinking water becomes so rare and so precious, what does that look like? Who owns the water?

Today, on planet Earth, nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. That’s about one person for every seven.

In the U.S. clean water is a public good. We expect our government to provide that to us. How fortunate we are.

I lived in Mexico City for a few years, where you cannot drink the water. If you didn’t buy any bottled water (assuming you have the money), and it is Sunday and the store is closed, too bad for you.  And that is the most miniscule of examples, but I had at least the smallest inkling of what it means to have NO water to drink.

I’ve seen Brazilian shanty towns along a river bank stained black with who knows what. If you drink it, you are basically poisoning yourself. Fish? No way. But if you’re desperate, I guess you try boiling the water and you drink it. You wash your clothes in it and you wear them.

I’ve heard horror stories of corporations buying the water rights to a stream near rural communities. The people who would normally use this natural resource are now punished if they try to do so. And the company? They bottle the water and sell it back to the poor people.

The stories go on and on. But we can do something about it. We can empower people with access to their own water supplies to improve their health, quality of life and even income earning power. Time not spent walking hours for clean water is time available for work or education. Water. It’s so simple and so powerful.

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