I thought I was dreaming but it was an emotion that sprung up from God knows what depths within me.
Woke up to empty my bladder and I suddenly started thinking, what if the flush tank was empty? For days? And how would I be able to clean my soiled hands? Or what if I was menstruating and had no water to wash? What would I do? How would women who had just given birth cleanse themselves or their babies? What if I could never find a mug to wash my face or bathe myself? No water to cook with?
I hadn't slept all night.
This is the life (it is not a come-and-go situation) that thousands of people face around the world. Imagine waking up to quench your thirst and realizing there is not a drop to drink in your tap, in your fridge, no where, nothing! Imagine having to walk 4 hours to fetch water that is contaminated and muddy? (This is the distance most people commute to work and back in India). I think I would chew on leaves to generate some saliva. And then what?
Stop what you're doing and imagine. Wouldn't it drive you to desperation?
There's hope, there's a solution. And you can help.
By giving what you can afford to donate. By giving up a burger or cupcake, a movie ticket, your birthday party, perhaps. Small, frivolous expenses.
Watch this inspiring human's story and how he brought fresh, crystalline water to these people.
We join causes on Facebook and sign online petitions that we don't know the outcome of. Here's our chance to make a real difference. I am not here to spam or propagate. I am here to awaken something human inside you. It is our dilemma as much as it is theirs. I feel ashamed for taking long showers and buying expensive coats when there are people who thirst and hunger. And die.
This video changed the way I now spend, save and live. More conscious of wastefulness. More alert of the consequences of my actions.
Please take a moment and reflect on someone else's life rather than your own, just this once. And give. Spread the word around. Pool in a dollar or ten...every drop counts.
Thanks for reading this. And if you've contributed to this cause, you will blessed a thousandfold.