Blog Action Day: Clean Water is a Luxury

Water is so easy to take for granted in this country. Clean water comes out of almost every tap, we have fountains in parks, sidewalks and office buildings. We can take a hot shower anytime of day.

This is not a reality in many parts of this world

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

But, water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.
Source: Blog Action Day at Change.org

Annie Leonard made this excellent video on bottled water.

We stopped buying bottled water almost a year ago. We keep refillable bottles in our van and backpacks to remind ourselves to use the tap instead of forking over the $2 for a bottle. Today, I donated $25 of the money we saved to water.org to help another person gain access to clean drinking water. Even though our budget is tight, I feel it is important to model giving to my children. They need to learn that we may be middle class here, but to millions, we alive like kings.

“The dignity of a toilet” breaks my heart.

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Why I do not follow you: my Twitter manifesto

I love Twitter, I am addicted to Twitter. I think I take my followers seriously. I am not interested in the number of followers I have so much as being engaged with the people I follow.

  1. You have no profile image.
  2. Your updates are full of links to your own products.
  3. You don’t have anything interesting to say.
  4. Your follower to following ratio is way off balance.
  5. or vice versa.
  6. You haven’t replied to me, ever.
  7. You haven’t replied to anyone.
  8. I am tired of reading your consistently inane posts.
  9. You pissed me off.
  10. You rarely post.

I may or may not have been full of snark when I wrote this one. Being snowed in on your birthday can have that affect on a person.

Campaign to End Fistula

There are so many oppressed people in this world. Human rights is an issue as old as time. It breaks my heart. I want to get out and take care of every single person in need. I know that is not with in the realm of possibility. I can speak out about issues close to my heart in order to bring more attention to the subject.

The Campaign to End Fistula, an organization that provides surgical repair of obstetrical fistulas, primarily caused by prolonged childbirth.

The majority of women in Africa receive sub-par (if any) health care. the do not have access to the luxuries of a hospital when the go into labor. They do not have prenatal check-ups. Girls are not taught about the birds and the bees. The Campaign’s goal is to:

  • Provide access to adequate medical care for all pregnant women and emergency obstetric care for all who develop complications.
  • Increase access to education and family planning services for women and men.
  • Postpone pregnancy for young girls until they are physically mature.
  • Improve girls’ nutrition to prevent stunted growth (which can leave the mother’s pelvis small in relation to the baby’s head) and to minimize the risk of complications during childbirth.
  • Repair physical damage through medical intervention and emotional damage through counselling.

Take an hour out of your day and watch A Walk to Beautiful. You can see it online at Nova on PBS.org. It is a touching film showing how a simple $300 procedure can change a woman’s life.

“The award winning feature-length documentary A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life.”

Get involved, donate and tell a friend about the Campaign to End Fistula.