37 people will have access to water for life because of YOU!


As of this morning, our work to raise money for Water.org has resulted in $945 raised -- enough money to bring clean water to 37 people for the rest of their lives. 37 people -- Because of you! This success didn't happen on its own. Our fabulous bloggers have been posting, tweeting, and Facebooking up a storm driving readers, followers, and friends to our fundraising page.

Here are some of the amazing posts from TML bloggers supporting Water.org. Read them, get inspired, and make donation on our fundraising page -- every little bit helps.

If you've posted and we missed you send your link to kaitlyn at wearewomenonline dot com

"10 Days 10 Lives Challenge with Water.org and The Mission List." by Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute

Our family sponsors a 10 year old girl named Sandy through Compassion International.  Sandy lives with her father and mother, brother and sisters in Haiti.  Sandy and I have never met (I pray that we’ll get that chance some day), but I love her dearly.  I pray for Sandy and her family and worry about them right now, as I haven’t received a letter from her since the hurricane hit.  I have no idea if she has clean water right now, or even shelter.  But I know that I can help her by helping her country.

"10 Day Challenge to Support Water.org : Day 1" by Leigh Hewitt of Leigh vs. Laundry

Listen up...

It’s 2012, and yet more people have a cell phone than a toilet. These facts take a moment to settle in and can make people feel powerless against a problem so big. Yet, there is something we can all do to help. Alongside the non-profit, Water.org, I am joining others who are working to end this crisis in our lifetime.

"10 Days Can Save 10 Children's Lives" by Debi Cruz of The Truth About Motherhood

Can you imagine if you had no water to drink? I'm not talking about bottled water or Perrier, I am talking about water that is parasite free and free of fecal matter; water that you can drink without running the risk of killing yourself.

"Oil and Water: 10 Days 10 Lives, Day 1" by Elizabeth Atalay of Documama

I am getting parched just thinking about it, but our visit [to Riyadh] made me ponder the sustainability of the most valuable resource on our planet.  I am not talking about oil. A human cannot live more than a week without water, and we lived long before the use of oil as an energy source was discovered.  Water is life. Water can also be deadly if it is unsanitary, and thousands of children die each day from unsafe water and lack of sanitation facilities around the globe.

"Join Me! Together We Can Make A Difference!" by Lacy Stroessner of Living on Love

Yesterday I got my water bill for the month of August. It only cost us $55 for our usage for the entire month. That's water to shower and baths for the girls. That's all the water we use for dishes each night. That's water to drink. That's umpteen loads of laundry each week. That's all the water we used to hose the garden.

"Change 10 Lives with Water" by Robin Farr of Farewell Stranger

Yes, we have clean water – as much as we can drink. And shower with. And clean and cook with. The only time we really complain about our water is if we run out of hot stuff before the shower is done (very rare) or if someone forgets to fill up the pitcher and we have to drink it warm. Or, God forbid, put ice in it.

This, I believe, is where we note these things as #firstworldproblems.

"10 Days to Change 10 People's Lives Forever" by Melanie Biehle of Inward Facing Girl

What would your life be like without running water? We all need it to survive, and yet nearly one billion people in the world don’t have access to safe water. 2.5 billion don’t have access to a toilet.

"Change 10 Lives in 10 Days with Water.org" by Brittany Vanderlinden of Mommy Words

Could you imagine, as a woman and a mother, being completely limited in life to collecting water?  Water means survival, with women and children bearing the brunt (76%) of the burden for collecting this precious resource.  They can walk miles each day to fill a 40 pound jerry can from often polluted sources.

"A Drop In The Bucket: Help Provide Clean Water For Human Beings" by Maggie May Ethridge of Flux Capacitor

Every twenty seconds one child dies from a water-related illness. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children under five in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined.

"10 Days 10 Lives with Water.org" by Mara Gorman of The Mother of all Trips

Clean, fresh water for swimming, bathing, drinking, cooking, sanitation – there’s no time like summer to make me appreciate this essential element. And as the summer comes to a close, what better time is there to help make sure that more families have access to it?

"Matt Damon, Me, and Water, Water, Everywhere!" by Laura Rossi Totten of My So-Call Sensory Life

The next time you take a shower, flush the toilet, turn on your faucet, or put an ice cube in your child’s drink, think about what your life would be like without water.   Personally, I still haven’t forgotten what is was like to face a few days without power and water when my twins were born.

"Change 10 Lives in 10 Days" by Jennifer Cullen of Life's Dewlaps

I make my ice cubes right from the water coming out of my faucet. And my family drinks our daily glasses of water from there too. My husband uses the same water to cook with. And I water my 8 year-old orchid with it. The water is clear and clean.

[Fact: 884 million people lack access to clean water.1]

"One Small Thing" by Mary Weimer of My 3 Little Birds

For you and me, collecting water is not backbreaking work. We go to our sinks, our bathtubs, our spigots. We turn the knob and watch it flow. But for many in the developing world, access to safe drinking water is a matter of life and death.

"Water.org Awareness | Beautiful Water" by Connie Roberts of Brain Foggles

Some of the most beautiful water I’ve seen was on a trip to Hawaii. The Pacific Ocean is what I envision paradise to be. But for almost 884 billion people the only water they see is dirty water. That means they don’t have access to clean water to drink, to cook with, to bathe, and to flush with.

"Change 10 Lives. In 10 Days" by Sheri Silver of Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt

These are just some of the gruesome statistics – the ones that resonated for me in particular and that, until recently, I was completely unaware of:

Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.

"Change 10 Lives in 10 Days" by Jill Vaughn of Terra Savvy

It is completely unnecessary for anyone in our world today not to have access to clean water.  For me it is unacceptable and I want to do my part in making a change.  Starting today, and for the next nine days, I am going to hit you hard with a real life crisis that CAN be changed.

"A Challenge: Change 10 Lives in 10 Days" by Jennifer Cooper of Classic Play!

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. We need money to do this. So for the next 10 days, I need your help to spread the word about the water crisis and how $25 can save the life of a child.

Are you ready to change a life forever?

"Change 10 Lives in 10 Days" by Melissa Shartz of Love Like Johnny and June

Our Earth is composed of 71% water and is vital to all living things. Yet 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. 100-175 gallons on average are used by one American a day. 175 gallons, people!

"Taking Things for Granted: Fresh Water #10Days10LivesTML" by Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

Yes, you read that correctly: One $25 donation = an entire person's clean water supply for their entire life. Not $25 per month. Not $25 per year. All I have to do is look at my water bill to know how amazing that really is.

"Teach's Hole" by Justine Moore of Monkey Thoughts

Water is such a precious resource, and even the vastness of the ocean reminds me of those who do get to enjoy our natural bodies idly. For some people, just having safe, clean drinking water is a necessity that remains a struggle to meet.

"The Things We Take for Granted | Water.org 10 Day Challenge" by Melanie Sheridan of Mel, A Dramatic Mommy

I've never been out of the United States let alone to another country. [Our exchange student's] question about [the safety of] our water and my really snooty reply was a complete smack in the face about just how narrow my world view is and how much I take for granted as an American.

"Join Water.org's 10 Day Challenge" by Carla Molina of All of Me Now

In our comfy lives it can be easy to forget how much suffering is taking place because basic human needs aren’t being me. It can also be easy to feel helpless. How can one person really affect any change?

"on water" by Caitlin Cannon at Onward Full Tilt...

But this isn't a day of feeling guilty, it's a day for doing.  Today is Day One of a ten day fundraisingcampaign for Water.org.  An amazing organization dedicated to providing clean water to the one billion people in our world who lack safe drinking water.