Water beats words any day but especially on World Water Day 2012!!!
I watched a movie last night about an up and coming young gymnast who tragically lost her sight as a result of an accident while training. It was a jolt to my appreciation or should I say lack of appreciation for the many precious gifts all of us have had bestowed on us. The immediate change brought about by lack of eyesight was dramatic and extremely moving. This young woman saw the entire world she had at her feet snatched away from her in one instant. It gave me a need for greater reflection…
I wondered if those of us who have eyesight are not often blind to the suffering that is so pervasive across the developing world today. I’m writing a few words to highlight World Water Day this Thursday, March 22nd. In a world filled with information we often find ourselves starved for knowledge. When it comes to the harsh reality brought about by lack of clean water, many of us have chosen to close our eyes to what is happening daily as a result.
You see, water and sanitation was voted as a United Nations resolution in mid 2010, making water and access to a toilet, a basic human right. More people in our world today have access to a cell phone than they have access to the human right of a toilet. Over one billion (1,000,000,000) people live each day without clean water. It’s such a staggering number (and growing rapidly each day) that it’s easy to close our eyes. With over 4,000 children dying each day I know you will agree with me that it’s time to stop, look and listen to what we can do to solve this pandemic.
A water well changes everything. It’s the engine that opens doors to hope and to prosperity, to opportunity and to education. In a word, it’s the most amazing and measurable form of giving you will ever engage in. A well can become a measurable (in lives saved) legacy to your life on this earth and a hand up to those who live and die under the yoke of extreme poverty brought about by lack of access to clean water. The overall problem can be solved one well at a time and so to my request to you for World Water Day 2012.
Please focus a few of your thoughts on what your life would be like if you did not enjoy access to running water. The moment you flush your toilet on Thursday morning you will have used more water than the entire amount available to a family in Africa to provide for their living needs for that day! Drive past the corner coffee store and donate the proceeds to Wells of Life (give button at www.wellsoflife.org). Give up anything that will highlight how fortunate we are and make that donation. You see, every drop matters and every second counts when it comes to providing clean water to those who thirst for it. In a community in Uganda (where Wells of Life is committed to providing 1,000 wells by 2020) people wait patiently for the well that will save them and bring health to their children.
In closing…Wells of Life is making a difference in reaching out to many and offering easy means of donating a water well to communities in need. If you are an individual, a family, a school group, a church, a small company or a big corporation – call me at 949-584-6166 and we will show how your efforts will bring LIFE to a community that will prosper because you took the time to save their lives on World Water Day 2012.
Wells of Life, Inc.