Almost There…

by , posted on September 12th, 2012 in Features

Women at a training workshop learn the stone masonry skills to build an Ecosan toilet. (photo courtesy

What would you do if you didn’t have access to a toilet?

What if you didn’t have clean water to wash your hands after you went to the bathroom?

What if then you had to prepare food for your family?

One of the simplest way to prevent disease and save lives is through proper handwashing and sanitation. And yet, for so many in the world, this is simply impossible.

I know it’s uncomfortable to talk about such things. Quite honestly, it makes me squirm a bit. Okay, it makes me squirm a lot. I know it’s not beautiful to post images of toilets on a blog or discuss what happens in the bathroom or afterward.

I know this. And yet, I don’t care. Because it is far more uncomfortable to think about what the lack of clean water and proper sanitation means for so many children and their families around the world. It means more than feeling a tad uncomfortable.

Fact: Water related disease kills more people than wars.

For regular readers, you know that for the past 7 days I have been working with a team of bloggers from The Mission List to raise money and awareness about the water crisis for We have just 3 days left in the 10 Days 10 Lives campaign and we need $690 more to reach our goal. If you’re able to give, please consider a donation—even $5 helps get us closer. And if you’re not able to give, I know many out there are struggling, please help spread the word about the work is doing. It’s not just charity, it’s changing the world.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this. One of the call outs on reads: Clean water means healthy kids and brighter futures. And to me, healthy kids and brighter futures is what this is all about.

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One Response to “Almost There…”

  1. Caroline Says:

    September 13th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Jennifer Cooper you are so amazing!! Thank you for championing this great cause and looking out for the future of our children!! Your words are a gift!!

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