Tim's Blog: The Joy of Water
With World Water Day coming up, Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna talks about the pure and simple joy of clean, safe water for children around the world.
10 Mar, 2015
Have you ever noticed the pure and simple joy that children have at putting their hands under a running tap, playing with a lawn sprinkler in summer or splashing around in the bath? As the United Nation’s World Water Day approaches, I start to imagine what it would be like for the children in developing countries who don’t have access to clean and safe water; who don’t have access to this pure and simple joy.
In Australia, most of us have access to clean, safe water simply by turning on a tap, so it is easy to forget that 748 million people living in poverty don’t. In developing countries, many women and children walk for kilometres to collect water, keeping them from caring for their families, working or going to school. Often the water is contaminated, causing sicknesses like diarrhoea.
This is a situation that too many Compassion assisted children are familiar with. For many, access to clean, safe drinking water is a real and difficult challenge. This is where Critical Interventions come in. Compassion’s Critical Interventions remove obstacles that hinder the healthy development of children. When it comes to water, this could look like providing Compassion assisted children’s families with safe water units or installing borehole wells at child development centres, just like the picture above from Indonesia. And when this obstacle is removed, the pure and simple joy is found.
In the lead up to World Water Day we’ll be sharing stats, stories and pictures of kids experiencing the pure and simple joy of access to clean, safe water on our blog and social media. I encourage you to join us in bringing attention to this important issue and helping all children experience this joy.