Field Note #170: World Water Day Reflection

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Last Thursday was World Water Day and in the past few months, I’ve witnessed just how much clean water means to many around the world.

Last week, I had the opportunity to return to one of the communities in Nepal where I helped provide a well two years ago. It touched my heart to see the growth that community had experienced in two years, because they’d had no growth for the 12 previous years without clean water. I was in Padampur early in the morning. I could feel the difference they were experiencing because of that well, and I still tear up when I think of that community.

Here where I live on the west side of Saint John [New Brunswick, Canada], people are fighting because they don’t like the clean water that has been provided to them. Yes, I know that there have been issues because of the change in water, but seriously - it’s clean water - water that millions of people around the world don’t have access to. I just ask that you take a moment and seriously think about how different your life would be if you didn’t have indoor plumbing, a washing machine, and you have to walk for 20 minutes in each direction just to get 10 liters of water - water that you know will make your belly hurt.

I’d love to share with you about my recent trip to Nepal and just how much clean water can make a difference in the life of a community. If we all served to help those who lack the access that we take for granted, we’d be that much closer to solving the water crisis.

-Lauren Wiezel, Nepal volunteer