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Water, Water Everywhere | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Water, Water Everywhere

The new Borehole/Well in Mvungutiphoto © 2007 khym54 | more info (via: Wylio)
I can’t throw a bucket down a well the right way to pull it back up with a pail full of water. If I had been in charge, Jack and Jill never would have made it up the hill.

A lifetime ago, when I was a child, I visited my grandparents in the foothills of the Ozarks. My mother had grown up in a log cabin, and when I was little, her parents still drew their water from a well. That meant daily trips to the well to fetch in water for cooking and cleaning. It didn’t matter whether it was hot, cold, icy, or raining. If you wanted drinking water, you fetched it from the well.

Their well tapped into a natural spring, and the water was the coldest, freshest, clearest tasting water I’ve ever had. That made it worth it. Almost. As long as someone else could throw that dang bucket down the well to get it.

Evansville is under a boil advisory for its water. Our inconvenience is we draw it from the tap and boil it for 5 minutes to make it safe for drinking and cooking. We can still shower and run laundry.

How my grandparents would have enjoyed living with my current inconvenience.

One of every 6 people on the planet still struggles to get clean water.  In developing countries, 80% of their illnesses are related to lack of access to good water.

Last fall, my son’s youth group raised money through the Water Project to help. A donation of $10 can make a huge difference. Wells can also be sponsored. A well in the Sudan or Sierra Leon costs $4,500.  In Kenya or Uganda, it costs $6,500.

A club can take a Water Challenge to raise money towards a well and then track progress of their well and its building.

Imagine what would happen if everyone in Evansville donated $1 for each of the 3 days of our boil order. How many lives could we save and change?

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