Water and Poverty

Supporting World Vision is a blessing and a boon in one’s life. If you have any sense of responsibility, here is no greater reward than helping children in need whether it is from violence or lack of proper nutrition and care. Every child deserves clean water at the very least. It is the most basic requirement. Poverty is not a vice but a fact of life in many parts of the world and it must be remedied. Anything one does to play a part is more than welcome. Joining hands in publicizing need is my mission.

That being said, why is water such a universal problem? We are in the 21st century after all. In the west, we take it for granted that our water will be safe to drink and free from harmful chemicals. It is treated if it has any trace of toxins that may cause harm. We have state-of-the-art faucets and fixtures from which to avail ourselves of this essential substance. This is not the case around the world. Areas of severe poverty suffer from a lack of infrastructure to provide potable water. Plumbing is primitive at best and begs for replacement if not minimal upgrading. The poor cannot relocate or change their circumstances. They can’t afford expensive systems and bottled water. They are at the mercy of their surroundings and usually have no voice to effect change. Sometimes they simply go without.

Water is one of the fundamental essences of life with earth, air, and fire. It seems to be ignored, however, in many countries where governments are remiss in addressing the problem. Good health and well-being is affected negatively when water is not safe. Rivers and streams, and lakes and ponds can’t necessarily be relied upon. In many locations in the countryside where a large portion of the poor reside the powers that be do not regulate the dumping of waste. It is a perennial problem that will only get worse unless attention is drawn internationally to the dire nature of the matter.

Outhouses and sheds are not our image of modern plumbing or even of human life. Disease is associated with lack of facilities. Pumps instead of running water from faucets are not our idea of a good mode of existence. Imagine children in torn rags with large pleading eyes suffering from hunger and thirst and you will know the gravity of much of the third world. It is imperative to find a solution. Plumbing is expensive if you must start from ground zero and when it is not part of the intrinsic native culture. Modernization can mean an entire retrenching of the infrastructure. It seems like an all or none proposition. Local resources are not usually available and funding must come from charitable organizations like World Vision. Is it likely we can cover so much need?

Next time you turn on your faucet in the kitchen and let the water flow freely, think about those who do not have this amazing luxury. Ponder the wealth of resources that others no not enjoy.