Water Day 3
We were shown to our table by a pretty young woman in her 20s. The kids climbed across the seats to make their way to the middle of the u-shaped booth. They had already started wrestling with each other. It looked playful enough; the kids were laughing and no one was crying, so I didn’t intervene.
My friend, who was spending the day with us took the kids to the bathroom to wash up while Dave held her baby and I contemplated what to order for the kids. It had been a long time since I’d seen Dave hold a baby. It was still cute.
A few minutes later, a sweet and cheerful server came over to us wearing the most beautiful earrings. A profile of Nefertiti embossed in gold shined against our server’s dark hair.
“Hello! I see you’re waiting on a few more. I’m just going to let you get settled, but let me know if you need anything.”
“Oh!” I said to catch her attention as she turned to head back to the kitchen, “can I get a glass of water. And three for the kids. We’re parched.”
Just like that, tall glasses of icy water arrived on our table. I drained my glass feeling the cold water wash its way down into my belly. There is no greater feeling.
The kids returned with clean hands and empty bladders. And so we began our meal.
The real scene above that played out this afternoon isn’t particularly special. It could have been any day, any time, anywhere USA. And yet for 2.5 billion people around the world, the access to water and a toliet I typically take for granted in that scene, couldn’t have happened.
Fact: surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the vast majority (76%) of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school
Fact: A study by the World Bank and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre of community water and sanitation projects in 88 communities found that projects designed and run with the full participation of women are more sustainable and effective than those that do not.
Fact: 11 percent more girls attend school when sanitation is available.
Women and children around the world can have a better life by simply providing them access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Join me to spread the word about the water crisis and make a donation (no matter how small) to the 10 day challenge.
Sometimes, it just takes a simple action to change the world.