Today is the 1st day of 40 Days of Water. As I walk to the tap and fill my water bottle, I think of the children around the world who don't have access to the thing that my children so easily take for granted. The thing that they choose to drink only when there is nothing else.
The thought of having to walk miles to get water blows my mind. I think of my own daughter who is 11. If we lived in an area without access to clean drinking water, she would spend hours a day walking to get water for our family. There would be no time for school. She would walk 5 to 10 miles with me or possibly have to go alone before daylight or after dark . When having to go alone she would be at risk of being attacked and raped.
No mother ever wants to have to put herself or her daughter in that kind of danger. But what choice does she have? Without water her family cannot survive. She must make that difficult choice daily to do what is necessary to provide water for her family.
As a mom, I'm not ok with that. I'm not ok with my fellow moms around the world having to make those difficult and dangerous journeys each day to provide water for their families. I'm not ok with little girls just like my own daughter missing out on an education or being attacked to provide water for their families. I'm not ok with my family being ungrateful for the access we have to clean drinking water.
Over the next 40 days, we as a family will help provide clean drinking water for the families of Uganda by giving up the sodas, juices, tea.....everything except water. We will learn more about the people and get to know their stories. When you know a person's story, they're no longer just a number. They become a friend. A friend who needs life-giving water.
Why don't you join 40 DAYS OF WATER and help more moms, daughters and friends in Uganda?