I've been wanting to write about Clean Water for the World again for quite awhile and this is a perfect excuse. I mentioned this lovely organization in my "I Left My Heart in Dakar" post, but I'd like to devote a little more time to talking about something that is very near and dear to my heart. By near, I mean they are a local non-profit organization doing amazing things globally. By dear, I mean they are some of my favorite people in the world. Here's their organization and my story.
If you are reading this blog post then you probably have regular access to clean water. You brush your teeth with it and drink it out of the faucet (the only reason you might not is because you don't like the taste of it). You bathe or shower in it without worrying about getting sick, where the water is coming from, or what would happen if you used too much of it.
Did you know that a child dies from a water borne illness every 15 seconds?
My interest in access to clean water for everyone came from my research trip to Senegal in 2010. While there, I met a man from an international non-governmental organization in the United States who had been contracted to clean up the hazardous waste in a village's only water source. The village had lost fifteen children because of a battery acid contamination in the water. There was no place to dipose of chemical waste and the acid had leaked into the groundwater. The way this man spoke about the people in the village angered me. He talked about how the people didn't care about their own people, how they "just didn't know" how to clean up after themselves, and other ideas that reflected the attitude many Westerners have towards African-- and other developing-- countries that are still trying to move towards progress after colonialization.
|A well in L'ecole des Sables (Toubab Dialaw)|
|Just one of many trips to get water from the well.|
|We installed one system at the school.|
|Waiting for the water to come from the source.|
|Turning on the system after we finally got it hooked up!|
|Fatima drinking the water. I had some as well and had no issues!|
|Getting ready to walk 3 miles AKA the distance many women and children in countries without easy access to clean water must walk more than once a day.|