Tuesday, March 03, 2015
What do We Take for Granted
Being born and raised in a western developed country I take many things for granted. I expect that the lights will come on when I flip the switch, that when I dial a phone the call will go through. We get upset and frustrated when our WiFi networks lets us down, or we can't get a cell phone signal. But in many places in the world the things we take for granted, are not readily available.
A staggering 750-million people around the world lack access to readily available drinking water on a daily basis. Most of us could survive for a couple of weeks without food, but a only about three days without water. Unclean drinking water is a leading cause of disease and death in the developing world. It is estimated that women in the developing world spend 200-million hours every day, walking to bring clean drinking water back to their families. That is 200-million hours that can't be spent as caregivers, growing or gathering food, education, and trying to help their families rise out of poverty.
Stella Artois, not my favorite beer, not that I am a big beer drinker, has partnered with Water.org, to fund five years of drinking water for 20,000 people. They will donate $6.25 for every glass sold. The glasses cost a little more then one's not tied to the donation, $12 (US) on Amazon, if you are an Amazon Primer member the glass ships for free. http://www.buyaladyadrink.com/ It is a little thing, but five years of access to reliable drinking water could make a big difference in the life of a family that does not take drinking water for granted.