It’s easy to complain about cold rainy days. It’s easy to feel frustrated when you have to cancel your outdoor plans or when you have to move your one year old to the basement at 3a.m. because of bad storms. But it is also very easy to take rain for granted. We forget that it is a lifeline for many.
When we arrived in Ethiopia it was the rainy season. Some might have seen the sudden rain showers as an inconvenience. For me this was a great thing. The moisture in the air and the brief rain showers kept the dust from the dirt roads to a minimum. It washed the diesel fumes from the air and kept the temperatures cool and comfortable. More importantly you could see the effects all around. The land was lush and green, at least while we were there. But what happens when the rains stop?
It seems that nearly every summer you turn on the news and hear of a drought effecting a particular area or crop. In the United States we may have to do without a favorite vegetable or pay more for it at the supermarket. The farmer’s effected have much more at stake. The loss of a crop means loss of income.
In Ethiopia the effects can be devastating. It is more then loss of income. In areas where there is no access to a well people rely on rainwater for basic needs. The rain fills the streams where they gather water for bathing, cooking and drinking.
So the next time I get soaked in a sudden rainshower I’ll be thankful that I cango home and take a nice hot shower or make a cup of hot coffee without having to worry about whether or not I will have water.