Guest Blogger: Michael Earnheart, Wickford, RI Showroom Manager
Water, the most basic of human needs: I thought about it today as I neared the bottom of one of the many bottles of water I consume throughout the day. Industrialized nations have little difficulty finding water, we simply open the refrigerator or the tap and out comes wonderfully refreshing, filtered and clean drinking water. It this everyday simplicity that allows us to easily forget that there are those that live in our world who lack this absolute necessity.
None of us have ever been thirsty, we never had to walk out of our front doors and battle blistering heat for over five miles to retrieve a small gourd filled with water, but as I said before, some of us are very thirsty. Let me throw out a number, how about one billion? One billion people do not have access to clean water. That is over three times the population of the United States. None of these people chose the situation they live in now, not one of them asked to grow up in a village where the only source of water was a polluted swamp or stand hours in queue waiting for their turn at a well, only to learn that it is empty. Yet in modern and industrialized nations across the globe, clean water is available to everyone — even from a toilet.
charity: water is a non-profit organization founded on the basic principle of bringing drinking water to
developing nations. The necessity for water is not merely hydration, but sanitation. Eighty-percent of diseases are caused by unsafe an non-sanitized water and is also responsible for more deaths than all forms of violence, including warfare.
The ease of access to safe water will allow these families spending a great deal of their time tracking down safe water sources to do other things — like grow crops, send their children to school and share their knowledge of fresh water and sanitation with other villages. It is an investment that has limitless growth potential and can have profoundly long-lasting effects on many lives.
My mother introduced me to this organization and we are both active donors, when I talked to her about this blog she told me that one of the best things about this Non-Profit is that 100% of the donations collected are DIRECTLY used to fund freshwater projects.
Learn more from their website charity: water