Sunday, March 22nd was World Water Day, a day to celebrate water and bring awareness to the fact that far too many people still lack access to safe water and toilets.
One in ten of the world’s population lives without safe drinking water and 40% do not have adequate sanitation. These statistics are staggering to me considering water is our most precious resource. Water is life. How could something so simple be so scarce for so many people on our planet?
I’ve been celebrating World Water Day for the past three years. (Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, reminded me of this World Water Day video from 2013!) Last year, I was in Nicaragua with WaterAid America representing Mom Bloggers for Social Good seeing their work on the ground in the indigenous communities there. A life-changing experience, for sure.
This year, I had a few things up my sleeve, including a killer water-themed community workout that raised money for WaterAid America’s WASH programs in schools in Nicaragua (more on that later). I also spoke to my children’s elementary school classes about the importance of clean water and sanitation in the world.
With these school visits, I’d like to think I’m planting the seeds for future global citizens.
Read about how I shared my experience in Nicaragua with kindergarteners and fourth-graders to celebrate World Water Day on World Moms Blog.