How often do you think about water? Do you wake up wondering where it will come from today? Do you worry about leaving your family to walk for miles to collect a bucket of water for all of you to use? Does your heart hurt thinking that your child will never be able to attend school if he or she has to walk to collect water for your family? Do you consider whether you will have enough water to cook dinner, wash hands, clean clothing, bathe?
I didn’t think so.
I rarely thought about water here, until World Vision Canada asked me to consider doing the World Vision Canada clean water challenge. My family learned many things as a result of that challenge recently. First we realized how much water we have flowing throughout our home. It is always mere steps away. We noticed how health and safety can be compromised when you do not have access to clean water to wash your hands or clean the food before cooking. We neglected laundry and dishes. We walked more and had to think more about how to get water. It was an odd experience, but also a very brief one. It helped remind us we are fortunate to live in Canada. We are a resource rich country.
Several other Canadian influencers have also taken on the World Vision Water Challenge. Merry Spooner Kuchle of Merry About Town did the one tap all day challenge with her family. Tammy of @inRDream did the World Vision water challenge with her family of six! Read more about her experience here: Opening Our Eyes. A couple more will also have stories to share before the party.
We hope you can join us to discuss the many reasons why water is such a vital resource for families around the world. Consider taking the challenge before the chat or giving the gift of clean water.
Globally 663 million people do not have access to clean water. That is a tragedy that World Vision Canada is working to address and change. Join us to learn more about The World Vision Water Challenge May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.
A few more facts about World Vision Canada Clean Water gifts:
- Clean Water gifts range from $25 to $50 a month and they make a dramatic impact.
- Every minute a child under five dies from diarrhea related to contaminated water.
- Children lead healthier lives and child death rates dramatically decrease due to a decline in diseases caused by unclean water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene
- When children and families have access to clean water, it transforms every aspect of their lives. Together with improved sanitation and proper hygiene, clean water brings real change.
- Sustainability is a goal for WVC projects.
- World Vision provides more people with clean water than any other NGO.
We hope to see you there May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. And please take a moment to visit http://www.worldvision.ca/
Remember the hashtag #worldvisionwater and stay tuned for more information about this important topic. Please consider how you can make an impact on someone else’s life with the gift of clean water.