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- Kenneth A. Wells

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- Helen Keller

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My kingdom for a glass of water...

... for a glass of water is life.

I'm going to save the world... with the pocket change I gather doing the laundry.

Every night before going to bed, I set a glass of water on my night stand. Just in case I wake up thirsty in the middle of the night.

Every morning, I make a pot of coffee so I can become human again or at the very least, a little less bitchy (- yes, a pot of coffee can actually do that!).

Every day, I try and drink at least two liters (roughly 8 cups) of water and other fluids as recommended by "those in the know", you know, them...

Every day, I send my Chicklet to school with a water bottle in case she's thirsty in class so she won't need a hall pass.

Every day, I make sure my dogs have water to drink. 

And all I have to do is go to the tap in my kitchen and VOILÀ!  Free water! But you see, the thing is, it's not that easy for everyone.

Globally, an estimated 125 million children under the age of five live in households without access to a safe drinking-water source. Even more people – a total of more than 2.5 billion around the world – are living without proper sanitation. (source: UNICEF)

Today is World Water Day.

Do you know what UNICEF can do with ONE dollar?

For one dollar, they can help supply a child with safe drinking water for 40 DAYS! Remember Moses and the desert? 40 days seems like an eternity when you don't have water to drink...
The beauty of it is that children that have easy access to safe drinking water don't have to walk miles and miles to fetch some and that time can be better spent going to school. THIS is how we "save the world". You never know what one of those millions of children could bring to humanity if only they had the opportunity to go to school. To survive.

Have I got your attention now? Is your imagination kicking in?

"Yeah, but Anndi,  what am I supposed to do with that dollar? How do I donate it?"

Excellent question!

There are a few ways to do it. No matter what country you live in you can donate directly to UNICEF, HERE.

Or... If you're planning to go out to dinner some time this week, check out The Tap Project:

In Canada: The Tap Project's website
In the US: The Tap Project's website

and find out. The basic gist is, there are some restaurants all over the United States and Canada that have joined the cause and this week, they encourage their patrons to donate a dollar for the "free water" they normally have access to. This money is then handed over to UNICEF. Pretty cool, huh?

So today, I'll be making a donation for every free glass of water I drink.

Join me?

And, please remember to let your government know that the water we do have should be protected. Are you listening, Mr Harper?


Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

we have a lot we take for granted, don't we????

Charles Gramlich said...

We definitely take so much for granted. It's a shame.

Akelamalu said...

We don't appreciate what we have until it is pointed out to us do we Anndi?

Anndi said...

Gary, we all have our own daily struggles. People are losing their jobs, their homes, they're dealing with illness, everyday in our countries... but we can make a difference here. So I'm trying to do my own part.

Charles, I think we forget sometimes, but we come around.

Akelamalu, with a little effort, we can eliminate this problem. We have the technology, the resources are there. I do think that we're fundamentally grateful for what we have, and that we know... deep down.

Turnbaby said...

I saw this and bookmarked it. Than k you for reminding me to do my part.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the reminder! A little from each of us can end making such a huge impact.

Brian o vretanos said...

Due to floods(!), we were without tap water for around ten days a couple of years ago. Even that experience (trivial compared to what you're describing), having to constantly plan and measure water usage, not being able to have a shower or flush the toilet, was an eye opener. Even though we had the Army keeping us supplied with enough bottles to live on, the only topic of conversation the whole time was water.

I can't begin to imagine what it's like for those 2.5 billion...

Dana said...

You're absolutely amazing, my precious friend.

Anndi said...

Turnbaby, I knew you would :) SMOOCH

Lisa, this is not a mystery... but something we can achieve with very little from all of us. **hugs**

Brian, it's when we have to go without that we realize just how good we have it. 11 years ago, we lived through a major icestorm. Luckily our water supply wasn't affected but we lost power and phone service and it took about two weeks before we got everything back online. Back to the olden days... and some people live like that every day.

Dana, the people that work for these organizations and are out in the "trenches" are amazing. I'm just a public service announcement. But thank you. SMOOCH

Meribah said...

You, my dear, are a lady after my own heart. Good on yuh! :D

Dianne said...

thank you for so much information!! you're the best kid

Chris Wood said...

Very cool post, very cool sentiment.

Nice one.

Grumpy said...

Thank you for posting this. My husband and I have wanted to help a family that needs it but with four kids we didn't wan to commit and end up having to cancel. So with this link I can donate when I can and today I can. Thanks!

Grumpy said...

Okay now I am mad. I tried to donate and they dont take pay pal.