I mentioned some of my interests in “My Story”. One that I did not list is that I love sponsoring some children through World Vision. I sponsor three children from three different countries- India, Ghana and Dominican Republic. Building a relationship with these children through letters has been wonderful. When I’m having a tough day receiving a letter from one of them in the mail makes it all better.
World Vision works hard to bring clean water to communities all over the world. Every 10 seconds World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water.
The Jungle Book may make walking for water look like a simple task and that the water the girl is fetching is clean. In some areas of the world finding water is a real problem and when it is found the water is far from clean. In fact, about 800 children under the age of 5 die every day from waterborne diseases or poor sanitation.
To access water, many children as young as 2 years old and women must walk an average of 6K (3.72 miles) to get water. This water is not clean and the trip may be made 2 or 3 times a day. There are many safety concerns, especially for children who walk for water. Children who walk for water (especially girls) may not be able to attend school or be grades behind.
On Saturday, May 19th we are hosting a water awareness event at the Northwest side of Comstock park in Spokane. The event is from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm. We will have a few games, activities and an option to walk a 6K or a lesser distance around the park for those who would like to do that. I have also set up a donation page if people are interested in donating to World Vision’s water fund.