My friend and cousin, Layla, posted this movie on her blog. It's rather poignant.
Solidarités International: Water talks from La Boite Concept on Vimeo.
There are ways that you can help eradicate water-transmitted diseases. For example, you could donate money to my campaign on charity:water to help fund a well to bring clean water to people in the CAR, just sayin'.
And just for kicks I'll share a silly story about my main man, Andrew. When he was 14 or 15 his family went hiking to Timpanogos Caves. At the trail head there was a sign that read "NO DRINKING WATER ON TRAIL." Andrew, an astute rule-keeper, made note of the sign and tucked his water bottle safely away.
A while later his Aunt Becky pulled out her bottle of water and took a swig. Andrew stared at her, slack-jawed, before mustering the courage to enforce the rules of the trail.
"Hey, there was a sign back there that said no drinking water on the trail," Andrew told her.
Everyone cracked up at this because, of course, the sign meant that there was no potable water available on the trail not that you weren't allowed to drink any water on the trail. Silly boy.
We're so lucky, though, to have clean water, though. I thought about this while I was on my long run a few weeks ago. Wendy and I didn't even bother bringing water bottles with us because there are drinking fountains every few miles down the canyon to home. I think we had four water breaks over the course of our seven miles. And all of it was just free, clean water. We are so, so lucky.
There are more movies on the charity:water website. I particularly like this one as it helps put it in perspective for those of us who have never had to go without clean water:
Jennifer Connelly in charity: water Public Service Announcement from charity: water on Vimeo.
And don't forget to make a donation! Thanks!