Matt Damon's Waterworks

Thanks to friend Clare Crawford-Mason who pointed me to a great article by Ruth Marcus in the April 19 Opinions blog of the Washington Post.  She talks about how Matt Damon got involved in the issue of water equity in Africa:

“Damon became hooked on the issue during a visit to Zambia in 2006. He was in a rural village, walking with a 14-year-old girl to collect water a mile away. As far as that sounds, the relatively short trip was possible only because of a new well that had been drilled nearby — shortening the time consumed by the daily water haul and enabling the teenager to spend time studying to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse.

“’I was thunderstruck,’ Damon recalled. ‘Her whole life would literally revolve around collecting water for the day. It was changed by a single well.'”

Two facts from the article:

● Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.

● More people have access to a cellphone than have a toilet.

Good for Matt Damon for coming onboard with this issue and Ruth Marcus for publicizing it.
Thought for today:  If you can easily turn on a faucet to get water, consider what not having access to clean, pure water is like.  
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