Today is the official World Water Day.
Yesterday’s twitter chat with Jennifer Barbour and Social Good Moms was amazing. You can read about the impact of the twitter chat at Social Good Moms. (Look at related story below!)
I learned a ton of incredible information. I’d like to share a few key takeaways, so that all of us can learn and continue to spread awareness. In the interest of time, I’m going to just copy and paste some of the most interesting tweets. Then, if you’d like to share, you can just copy and tweet away!
- Almost 2000 children die daily fr conditions related to unsafe water.
@WaterAidAmerica has solutions! @socialgoodmoms #wateraidnica
- Cannot miss this link! Malnutrition, Parasites, Diarrhea leads to poor child development
#WaterAidNica #Didyouknow? Over 80% of people in Nicaragua lack access to clean water. #WaterAidNica http://ow.ly/uICkO
- 3.5 million ppl die each year from a water related disease! Infographic from
@water http://ow.ly/uPJLM #WaterAidNica #WorldWaterDay
- Amazing fact per
#WaterAid: 97.5% of earths H2O is saltwater,If u could filter it into a bucket only 1 tsp would be drinkable! #wateraidnica @katbiggie #wateraidnica A mom once walked 4 hrs every day carrying water from the river; huge impact on her family, economy, time.
- Access to water in low-income countries depends on economic status & it increases disease for those most vulnerable!
- One thing we’ve seen in low income countries is people bathing with animals and using the water for everything!
- Women in developing countries typically walk an average distance of 4 miles/day on her trek for water.
#WaterAidNica via @socialgoodmoms
There is so much more information out there, but you get the point. Water is not always readily available in many countries, and the impact is immense. Sickness, death… poor quality of life.
My own personal water story? I was deployed to the Middle East, and although we knew better than to drink water from the tap, I didn’t think that much of brushing my teeth with tap water. I then had the opportunity to think about it long and hard as I suffered through dysentery. Not something you want to go through. Especially not in a hot, desert climate, where you’re living in tents and sharing public restrooms. 🙁 And that is something people deal with regularly.
I want you to meet someone special.
This is Linda. She is the mother of six. She repairs wells and farms several acres. Talk about a woman who isnpires!!
- Linda took us to see her crops across the river and opened her house to us. Amazing woman.
To find out ways you can celebrate
#WorldWaterDay visit @WaterAidAmerica’s toolkit: http://bit.ly/1dvw9XO #WaterAidNica
And, finally, just because I love Jennifer and am so proud of all that she’s done, I thought I’d share this silly picture from the end of her trip.
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Janine Huldie saysMarch 22, 2014 at 7:40 am
Aww, great picture of Jennifer and Linda too. Thank you so much for sharing that and what you learned from the Twitter conversation, too 🙂
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katbiggie saysMarch 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm
I know, aren’t they fabulous pics? I”m glad they shared those on the twitter chat!
another jennifer saysMarch 22, 2014 at 8:50 am
The Twitter chat was so great. Lots of good conversation about water and Nicaragua. Thank you so much for your support through all this, Alexa! It’s amazing. I love that you shared our goofy picture at the end. It’s been a trip full of many emotions that are hard to describe. I can only hope to explain it all when I get back to the states! Happy World Water Day! I, for one, will never look at water the same again.
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katbiggie saysMarch 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm
I wish that I had done better with following along with your posts. Your trip came at a very busy week, but I will go back and catch up. I know it had to be an incredible experience! Can’t wait to hear all abou it!
Tamara saysMarch 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm
I always wondered about dysentery. I imagine it happens quite a bit.
I’m actually afraid to go somewhere where I can’t drink the water. I think it’s probably a character flaw but I may never get there in my life.
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