Modern plumbing is such a blessing. I’ve never shared this, but the first parsonage I lived in (my father is a retired minister) was in a small rural community in Maine.
We had a pump at the sink and an outhouse for a toilet. My parents had 3 children (I’m the second) all under the age of 5. A lot of thought used to go into preparations for baths and bed time, especially in the cold, long Maine winters.
Today, I turn on the faucets and clean, drinkable water is immediately available. But I’ve been thinking more lately about how almost 1 billion people go without clean water everyday of their lives.
If you’ve ever lost access to water, you know how awful it can be. Now, imagine having to walk 5 miles to the closest water source and carrying a 40 pound container back to your home.
This is the reality for many women and girls in communities without readily accessible water. They are left with the responsibility of fetching water, something they spend more time doing than cooking, cleaning, or collecting firewood.
It’s one of the reasons many girls don’t go to school.
In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours each year collecting water. Imagine what they could do with even a portion of that time. Beyond that, imagine that the water you did get was contaminated. Every 19 seconds a mother loses her child to a water related death.
But, there is a way to help, Charity: Water, a foundation providing clean water for those in need, will be the recipient of NICABM’s donation from the 2011 Holiday Package.
We’ve put together the 2011 Holiday Package to give you the most current methods in the treatment of trauma.
We’ve reduced the price and we’re donating 50% of all the proceeds to Charity: Water in an attempt to bring those in need, the gift of water.
Take a second to check out the Holiday Package, its not only a way for you to enhance your practice, but help to create a world where clean water is available for everyone.
If you want to learn more about Charity: Water, we’ve included a short video below. Let me know what you think.