I was surfing the web, catching up on the latest world news today when I read an article about two teenage girls who were raped, killed, and founding hanging from a tree in India. Terrible things happen in our world every single day. I know that yet sometimes certain stories tug at your heart. I started reading about how women in India and around the world face stalking, attacks, rapes, and even murder just because of the lack of safe toilets in their country. These women have to defecate hiding in the woods only to find that groups of men were watching them. Some women have been followed and stalked. Some women are raped and murdered.
I found this information as I was relaxing in my jammies after spending the weekend in Providence at my son’s AAU basketball game. He’s watching television after finishing his homework. We just ate an awesome meal of Leek, Asparagus, and Fava Bean Risotto. When I thirsty tonight I’ll just go get a glass of water from my sink or pick up a bottle from the store.
When I have to use the bathroom I use a bathroom at my house or find one where ever I am. My worst bathroom-related fear is when I’m at the mall and the store I’m in doesn’t have a bathroom. In that case I have to walk down the mall to find one.
That’s my worst problem, finding a bathroom at the mall.
Some Water and Sanitation Statistics
5,000 girls need access to clean, safe water and toilets. [Tweet this]
2.5 billion people don’t have access to an adequate bathroom, around one-third of the world’s population. [Tweet this]
Nearly 300 million women and girls in India still practice open defecation, exposing them to the risk of harassment, assault and worse. [Tweet this]
A child dies every minute from water related diseases. [Tweet this]
Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s more than 1,400 children a day. [Tweet this]
Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing over 40 lb, the weight of an American four-year-old child. [Tweet this]
Could You Live Like Other Women?
Can you imagine refusing to drink liquids so you don’t have to urinate as often out of shame?
Can you imagine if your life was at risk every time you had to use the bathroom?
Can you imagine if it was commonplace to be watched by groups of men while you’re squatting in the woods?
I forced myself to imagine it and felt the horror these women go through every day.
My heart broke.
I got choked up.
I had tears in my eyes for these women and children.
Turn a Negative Into a Positive
BUT one thing I truly believe in is the power of positive action. Every time I feel sad or horrified by a situation, whether it’s my own life or the lives of others, I know there is a way to fix it. I know there is a way to help.
I signed up to fundraise for WaterAid which is one of the most respected organizations dealing with water, sanitation, and hygiene issues.
Not only do I believe in the power of positive action but I also believe in the power of numbers. If I donated $5, it wouldn’t make that much of a difference BUT if a million people donated $5, we would have raised $5 million.
So PLEASE help me start working so no human being on this Earth has to view water as a luxury.
What Can You Do?
Go to my fundraising page and donate! Donate as much or as little as you can. To put it in perspective: $25 gives one person access to safe water, sanitation, and improved hygiene. If you can’t afford $25, donate $5. If you can’t afford $5, donate $1. Yes I’m serious, even just a dollar can make a difference if we all do it.
Write to Congress. Click here for a sign-up form and letter template.
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