I recently received the Summer issue of World Vision’s magazine. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. The majority of the articles were focused on water. Not water like you and I have the pleasure of drinking. Water that is basically poison.

In West Africa many live without clean water. They must walk for hours to retrieve water that is killing them. In Richard Stearn’s article, “When Water is Poison,” he gives some heart breaking information. About 1.1 billion people in our world today are without clean water. An estimated 5 million people die a year due to illnesses from the water. A child dies every 15 seconds. Its estimated that half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people who are sick from a water-related illness.

Guinea worm and Trachoma are two diseases caught by drinking the water. Guinea worm is disgusting. The parasite lives inside the body for a year (+) and then escapes by puncturing the skin from the inside. This process can take up to three months. GRRRROSS! If the worm wasn’t bad enough, they also experience fever and nausea.

World Vision, along with others are working to bring clean water. By drilling borhole wells, they are able to provide safe water at a convenient location. Mr. Stearns tells us that it costs roughly $2 per person per year to bring clean water. Less than a penny a day!

Only two dollars! That is one coffee or bottle of water that we can give up to give $2.

My challenge to you is this:

Visit www.worldvision.com. Read the articles on West Africa. You can also download the entire magazine. If you read them and feel nothing, okay. If you read them and feel moved to help make a difference, please do so.

World Vision accepts general donations on their website. Or we can put our money together and send a check for the cause. Either way, it helps.


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