I love my showers. When I have time, on the days that I’m not a Dirty Mommy, my showers are warm and lengthy. I shave, exfoliate, shampoo and condition. I luxuriate in the water. It’s soothing and for a few minutes it lets me forget all the other things I have to do that day.
[Fact: An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.1]
I make my ice cubes right from the water coming out of my faucet. And my family drinks our daily glasses of water from there too. My husband uses the same water to cook with. And I water my 8 year-old orchid with it. The water is clear and clean.
[Fact: 884 million people lack access to clean water.1]
In my house, I’m the dishwasher. My husband cooks and my kids are, well, they make themselves scarce after meals. Pots and pans, dishes and silverware just feel cleaner after they’ve been washed and scrubbed in soapy hot water. And that’s before I put them in the dishwasher.
[Fact: 3.41 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes each year.1]
When I need some bathroom privacy, it’s not a problem. My house has three bathrooms. And we are a family of five. That means chances are I don’t have to sit on a just used, warm toilet seat. No odiferous bathroom with second hand smells. (You know, spraying that scent just makes it smell like scented odor. Which is even worse.)
[Fact: 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation; 1.1 billion still practice “open defecation”.1]
Having access to a clean and safe water source has never been a problem for me and my family. But it is an issue for millions of others. Water.org is a non-profit organization founded by Matt Damon (yes, that Matt Damon) and Gary White dedicated to solving the global water crisis in a variety of forward thinking, and sustainable, ways including their WaterCredit program which finances small loans to construct safe water and sanitation facilities in developing countries.
Water.org’s 10 Day Challenge Campaign begins today. A $25 donation helps gets one person safe water for their lifetime. Help them help those in need by participating in the challenge.
Along with some really amazing bloggers like Caroline at Salsa Pie and Sheri at Donuts, Dresses & Dirt. We’re all part of The Mission List, an organization of women who are making a difference through their blogs. With the power of words.
Want to join us? Visit our 10 Day Challenge page.
You might just look at that glass of water a little differently.
(And check out more great posts from the rest of the Mission List team: Inward Facing Girl, Living on Love, Leigh vs. Laundry, documama, The Southern Institute, The Mother of All Trips, Passports with Purpose, Love Like Johnny and June, The Truth About Motherhood.)
1 Facts courtesy of Water.org