Tuesday, March 22, 2011

World Water Day 2011

Episode 4: Portraits of Kuria from Nuru International on Vimeo.

Today is world water day. Today, over one billion people do not have access to safe clean drinking water. They don't have a supermarket where they can buy bottled water either. Most of these people live on less than the buying power of $1.25 per day (or less than $456.25 per year), so buying bottled water is probably not top on their priority list.  We take for granted so much of what we have in this world.

This year, as world water day passes us by, I want to encourage you to consider doing something to help our global neighbors who are suffering without access to safe, clean drinking water. I want you to consider taking what you spend this week just on beverages, and at the end of the week, making a donation at that amount to Nuru International.

As you can see in the video above (which was actually made in late 2008), Nuru has been making a significant impact in the lives of the people of Kuria, Kenya.  Right now, there are over 2000 families who are starting to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in a sustainable and scalable way. There have been wells drilled, trainings on boiling water, and on proper use and installation of hand-washing stations. In all of these ways and more, problems associated with the lack of access to safe, clean drinking water are being effectively reduced.

Will you take a step toward ending extreme poverty and toward allowing others to begin to have choices in this life? Thanks for considering this challenge.

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