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Whenever I think of a faucet and how easy it is to get water in civilized society, it reminds me of my days in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (Galapagos Islands-Ecuador) back in the 1960’s, and how we didn’t have running water, so we did not need faucets. In the USA and Western countries, fulfilling water needs is as easy as opening your faucet. People born and living in Western society do not appreciate how hard it is to live in a third-world country. Let me tell you how hard it is to get just a glass of water to drink.

I woke up every morning and walked for about a mile into town with two buckets in my hands. In the middle of town, there was a water pump, and we all pumped water into the buckets, filled them up, and carried the water on our shoulders from the pump to our homes. This job was done every morning before school, at lunchtime while on lunch break, and finally after school in preparation for dinner and after-dinner activities. There was enough water for cooking, cleaning, baths, etc. Everyone in town did this, so we had to wait our turn to fill the buckets with water.

So, next time you have a glass of water, think about the 90% of people in the world who need to fetch water from the local well before they have water to drink, wash clothes, take a bath, flush the toilet, etc. Donating to a worthy cause that is doing good things to bring water to the rest of the world would be good for you.

What are you doing to change the world today??