Welcome to the second month of the 2010 Social Justice Challenge! This month’s focus is Water. Throughout each month we are encouraged to read or use other media sources to not only learn more about the months topic, but if you feel called , to take action steps towards making a difference.
What, if any, exposure have you personally had to a water shortage?
For me, my experience comes from my time in Honduras. These trips have been such an eye opener to me. I have never been in situations before where water was not readily available. If you could not get it directly from the tap, you surely could go to the local convenience store to pick up a cold and refreshing bottle.
Where we stay, in the town on Talanga Honduras, water is not a given. Some times you have it – some times you do not. When we go there we each receive a large bottle of water which we are told to hang on to for the trip and refill as we can. I had no idea that first time how important that bottle of water would become.
While there we seen many small streams where people gathered to not only wash themselves and livestock, but this same water was where they went to the bathroom – and gathered water for cooking and drinking. I seen it with my own eyes. What we would not even think of drinking, they did so happily.
The first time I went to Honduras our team of Americans went walking a mile or more up a hill led by a pastor. Where he took us, was to a small shack – no larger than an outhouse, where a grandmother lived with her three grandchildren. The childrens parents had both been murdered. Outside in the dirt was a small circle of stones where they would build a fire for cooking. One of the children kept looking hungrily at my water bottle. We were told never to give up our water but I had to. I handed over the bottle and all three children grabbed at it, drinking it down thirstily. I later learned that for them to get water, the grandmother had to go down this hill and carry the water up in a small bucket as that is all she could carry in her arthritic hands.
Water is such an important resource. This month as I look into resources about water, I will be looking for a way that I can make a difference.