One in eight. That’s how may people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. I’m talking the everyday water we casually and wastefully use. As an intern at Water Missions International, I’m not ashamed to admit that I knew little about the global water crisis going on today. Sure, I’ve heard stories about poor living conditions around the world, maybe seen a discouraging photo or two. But until I saw real pictures and film from Haiti and other disaster-ridden countries, I really had no idea how bad it could be. It’s that bad.
Imagine having to walk one mile each way to fetch the day’s water. Walking barefoot across the rigid, unforgiving ground with the sun glaring down at you. All of this just to collect water we wouldn’t even bathe with here in the states. It seems to me that we need to put our differences aside and join together for the sake of humanity. Racial inequalities, governmental policies and religious views often influence negligence over human aid. Let us help those in need by any means necessary.
If YOU didn’t have safe water to drink, wouldn’t you want help?
by Trevor Bowman