charity: water

This morning I listened to a presentation from the founder of charity:water. I’ve heard the message many times before. I’ve heard it from people fighting hunger, people fighting injustice, people fighting poverty. There’s a lot of need out there. There’s also a lot of messages that encourage people to get involved and invest in meeting those needs.

This morning I listened…and decided to act. We don’t always act. This morning I decided to act.

Maybe it’s because water is such a simple and abundant resource in my own life I take it for granted. I started to imagine what it would be like to go without water, or to realize the water I was drinking would be the thing that would make me sick…or kill me.

Water contributes to poverty alleviation in many ways – through sanitation services, water supply, affordable food and enhanced resilience of poor communities to disease, climate shocks and environmental degradation.
– 3rd UN World Water Development Report, 2009

charity: water 2010 September Campaign: Clean Water for the Bayaka from charity: water on Vimeo.

Sometimes the only thing that’s needed to change a problem into a possibility is to change people’s perspectives. I want to encourage you today to change your perspective on our globe’s most precious resource: it’s people. Realize that people are made up of about 75% water. People don’t survive without it.

Today, I join thousands of others in making certain sacrifices of my own abundance to help someone else have the hope of clean water.

Will you consider it as well?

charity: water

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