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.)

World Water Day 2012- It Starts With A Drop

Today, people from all over the world are celebrating World Water Day, an observance begun by the United Nations in 1993 to advocate for the sustainable management of our most precious natural resource – fresh water sources.

On this very special day, I hope you can help spread awareness of the importance of conserving water by sharing these facts with your family:

  • 66% of the human body is water; a person can only live without water for approximately one week
  • Up to 75% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water but less than 0.03% is drinkable
  • More than a billion people in water poor regions around the globe survive on the same amount used to flush a toilet or take a 5-minute shower, just over 1 gallon of water each day.
  • Each day almost 10,000 children under the age of 5 in Third World countries die as a result of illnesses contracted by use of impure water.

Another great way to educate your children on this very important topic is to get them directly involved. As part of Siemens’ commitment to helping communities make big changes in how they consume, manage and recycle fresh water, the company has developed these fun and interactive family-friendly tools to help educate your children on water usage and make a household commitment to conserving water:

1.      Water Discovery Center: Features fun, interactive water-themed games and puzzles based on your kids’ favorites such as “Memory” and infused with interesting water facts. The Discovery Center also includes a digital coloring book so your kids can share images with their friends!

2.      Personal Water Footprint Calculator: A family-friendly tool for parents to educate their children on water usage and make a household commitment to conserving.  After completing a simple quiz, your family can commit to making small changes in your daily lives that make a big difference. Then, you can share this commitment with family and friends via Facebook to help spread the word. Help Siemens reach their goal of conserving 200 million gallons of water this World Water Day!

(Disclosure: This information was provided by Siemens but I was not compensated. I posted about it because clean water is a cause I am passionate about.)

Give Clean Water

Today is World Water Day and I’m participating, with over 100 other bloggers, in the Keep It Clean campaign. Please take a minute to read more about this campaign and if you would like to donate money to this cause there is a link at the bottom of this post.

Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $10,000 USD in one day. We know that’s epic. And this campaign has never been done before. But if we succeed, we will help bring clean water to 300 additional people each month. That’s 3,600 people per year!

Problem

One third of all handpumps installed in the last twenty years in developing countries are now broken. And 4,000 children die every day because of lack of clean drinking water. We feel that’s unacceptable. So we’re thinking differently.

Solution

Instead of drilling more wells, we’re using our charitable gifts for something revolutionary – to train and employ handpump mechanics. The mechanics earn an income, bringing themselves out of poverty, and they save lives – turning water back on for thousands of people each year.

*CLICK HERE TO DONATE*