World Water Day 2013

Clean water is a cause I’m passionate about (I’m even running 26.2 miles to raise money for the cause). You may wonder why it’s so important to someone like me who has plenty of clean water and I would just say look at the picture below.

This woman above? Until recently, Ayelech, a 22-year-old mother of two living in Lehayte, Ethiopia spent over two hours a day searching for water and carrying it home in two large jerry cans on her back. She gave birth to her second child, Oytiba, while on the side of river filling her cans. I just can’t imagine having to spend hours of my day walking to get water. And while pregnant? No way! I had a hard enough time waddling through the store with my giant belly and having to be on my feet for more than twenty minutes at a time.

If we have the ability to help people why aren’t we all helping? We can’t help all 783 MILLION people that don’t have access to clean water but we can make a difference in the lives of a few.

Lives are transformed when hours spent carrying water are instead spent with family, tending crops, raising livestock or starting a business. Simple access to water, toilets, and hygiene education keeps families healthy, women and girls safe, and children in school. In communities around the world, WaterAid has helped 17.5 million people take the first steps out of poverty.

Join in today 1o:30 PST for a Google+ hangout with WaterAid America, Water.org, Charity Water, Water for People, People Water, and Whole World Water where they will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. The link to the hangout is here.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I am a member of the Global Team of 200 which is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.)

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