Love & Water

Love & Water

Love & Water

“Water Is The Driving Force In Nature”- Leonardo da Vinci

Love is another driving force in human nature, like water it has the ability to be pure and powerful, and we need to help each other like we need Love & Water.  Water is the lifeblood of the world, and it is hard to appreciate how valuable it is unless you don’t have it.

Worldwide 800 million people do not have access to it and 2.5 billion have nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet.  As a result, 2,000 children die every day from easily prevented diarrheal diseases with countless more unable to attend school. Millions of women are unable to work because they spend so much time collecting water and caring for sick children.- Water Aid

Clean water and sanitation are two issues that I am passionate about. They are such basic human needs, so simply attained by many around the world, and yet deadly to those who cannot access them.  Too many people are living without these very basic needs when the solutions are often times simple.  Water Aid was founded in 1981, to transform lives by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with local organizations, communities and individuals, WaterAid works to use affordable and locally appropriate solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to people in developing countries.

Children suffer the most, and in many countries, young girls are expected to collect water for their families, often traveling miles carrying heavy vessels, leaving little or no time for education.  Unsafe water and lack of sanitation are the cause of thousands of childhood deaths around the world each day.

Providing children with clean and accessible water and toilet facilities changes their lives. Their health improves and they have more time to go to school, spend time with their families and to simply play.   Low cost technologies that are simple to maintain by the communities themselves are used by Water Aid, and community members are involved every step of the way from planning and management to maintenance of the new facilities thus ensuring sustainability of projects for the long-term.

As we enter into the month that celebrates love, you can take this opportunity to give water

The Author Collecting water in the Congo

through love, or love through water, in honor of your Valentine. We all need both to thrive.  To find out more about Water Aid, and to keep up on exciting progress worldwide, you can visit the website, on Facebook, and follow them on twitter.

I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, 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.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

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