What does clean water mean to you?

  • You spend your days playing with your children, tending your garden, working outside of the home, starting a business — not walking miles to your only water source
  • Your children go to school every day, instead of walking miles to their only water source
  • You have no threat of water borne diseases, such as cholera, typhoid, bacillary disentry, polio, meningitis and hepatitis A
  • You don’t have to worry that people up river are using your only water source as their only sanitation source
  • You will not lose your child to diarrhea, which is the leading cause of death of children in countries with high mortality rates.  And you will not worry that even if your child survives diarrhea, he or she will fail to thrive and become vulnerable to other infections

I know that before my trip to Ethiopia I took water for granted.  I had heard about the issues people in developing countries face regarding water, but had never really thought about it.  Now I think every day about what my daughter’s life would be like if she lived somewhere that did not have access to safe, clean water.  I cry when I read posts about the 5 million children who die every year from diarrhea.  My heart aches when I think about the women who cannot start a business, or work in a farm to support their families, because they spend so much time each day walking to and from their water sources- which are often times infected with bacteria.

Please consider donating to EOR’s water first program.  You can do so here.  Our $10,000 pledged donation will literally provide clean water to an entire village.   We can do this, but we need your help.

*Edging closer–after another 185.00 in donations, we need $1765.00 to reach our goal by May 2nd.  There’s still time to join the water-a-thon or to buy Mother’s Day gifts.


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