It’s July…the hottest month of our year in Ranchita. My well is stressed. And I keep allowing the water to run because I don’t check for irrigation leaks often enough. My irrigation system has timers and they fail. And when they do, the water just keep running until the safety shut-off on the big water tank kicks in and shuts all the water off.
At least I still have water…even if it is in the ground and in the bottom half of the tank. And when I can access it, it is safe, and clean and delicious! I can’t even imagine what it must be like to not have access to safe water. This thought drew me to look up the statistic. This is what I just found: “1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation. 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases, including 90 % of children under 5. This situation is no longer bearable.”
This situation is no longer bearable. What does that mean? If I can’t bear something, I must change it… or what? How does this change happen in a world where the people with the power to make change have other priorities? How can safe water not be the first priority for our global community?
We are not a global community. We don’t have the connections which create community between our countries. Instead, we are separated by borders and fear and hate.
This morning, as I sit here waiting for my water tank to recover from my laziness so I can take a shower and get a cold drink, I pray for forgiveness to all those human beings whose cup is empty.