Philanthropy Friday: Two Easy Ways to Celebrate World Water Day Next Week

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Growing up in a house with a well meant that any time the electricity went out, we lost access to our water. The pump didn’t work, so our water was reduced to a trickle. I remember my parents filling up the bathtub when a storm threatened to cut our power off. My sister and I were reminded not to flush the toilet when we lost electricity. And, of course, bathing was out of the question.

Once the power was restored, those first bursts of water from the faucet were often a brown color. While it wasn’t the best tasting drinking water, it was safe.

Luckily, we didn’t lose power too much. There was only one time, during a hurricane, that we lost power for an extended period of time and traveled to a family member’s house to shower and freshen up.

My water story is a whole lot easier to handle than many others in the world, including those in Nicaragua with whom I will be spending time with next week.

Owly ImagesI can’t fathom spending my days traveling just to obtain clean, safe water for my family. Yet 768 million people in the world today do not have access to safe drinking water. That’s about 1 in 10 of the world’s population. And 1 in 3 people in the world don’t have access to a safe and private toilet. (Can you imagine having to go to the bathroom in an open area outside?)

Last week, I told you how to get involved with International Women’s Day. I was happy to see many of my readers interested and engaged.

This week, I wanted to let you know of two very easy ways to celebrate World Water Day. World Water Day is on Saturday, March 22. It is a day for all of us to acknowledge and raise awareness of the world water crisis.

1. Share Your #WaterStory

We all have a water story, whether it’s having to deal with less than stellar facilities while camping or forgetting our water bottle when working out. They are the moments that remind us of how important access to water and a toilet can be.

WaterAid wants to hear your #waterstory. Be sure to blog it, tweet it, Facebook-it, and tell @WaterAidAmerica about it so that we can celebrate the importance of water every day.

WaterAodNicaSGMchatsm2. Join Me in the #WaterAidNica Twitter Chat

Mom Bloggers for Social Good, whom I’ll be representing while in Nicaragua with WaterAid, is hosting a Twitter chat on Friday, March 21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST. You can follow along using the hashtag #WaterAidNica.

I’ll be in Bilwi, along with WaterAid America, answering questions about my journey in Nicaragua. You can ask any questions you’d like. You can even tweet them to @socialgoodmoms using #WaterAidNica to get your questions in ahead of time. I hope to see you there!

Will you join me in celebrating World Water Day?

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I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. It is part of a 24-hour blog carnival. You can read more newborn health posts on the Global Team of 200 site.

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  1. You know I will! My favorite water story is probably about getting something similar to dysentery when I was deployed, from using tap water to brush my teeth! And then there is Jeff’s story when his unit was in the middle east, and the whole crew of Marines got dysentery during a training event.. it’s funny now, but I can only imagine how miserable they were in that moment.

    It’s almost time for your trip! SOOOOO excited for you!
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  2. Will try my best to join you and will say my most memorable water loss story was indeed Hurricane Sandy (we had cold water, but definitely not hot), but that truly as you said is nothing compared to what these poor people are going through. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a safe and wonderful journey now.
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  3. I would love to join the twitter party! I rented a house out in the country for a while, and I wasn’t familiar with how a well works. During a winter storm, I ran out of water! I called my landlord, and some how the wind had twisted a belt on the water pump, so it didn’t take long for me to have water again. It is a blessing that we take for granted!
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  4. I’ll try to block out my work calendar so I can join your Twitter party next week! So excited for your trip. Safe travels!
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  5. I will be joining you! I’m pondering my water story now and hope to blog about it next week. I truly believe that having plenty of access to clean water is one of the most basic human rights.
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  6. I’ll be joining the twitter party for sure. I’m really excited for you! I don’t really have a good water story, but my family suffered a lot in Hurricane Sandy. It was very hard for me to be up here and not be able to help, other than offering our home – an offer that was accepted, actually!
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  7. There are so many things that you remind me never to take for granted. Including clean water. Safe travels tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear about your trip. And yes, I will be following along! xo
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  8. This really puts my complaints about only having one toilet into perspective, Jennifer! Thank you for what you’re doing.
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