This photo isn't of any particular natural landmark, nor is it a classic photo of a beach with palm trees. It's not some famous historical monument, nor a picture of a scantily-clad woman (or man) against a sandy backdrop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What this photo is however is a reason why water is so important to the rural villages scattered in not just the Philippines, but around the globe. Today - the 22nd March 2019 - is World Water Day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Water is something that most of us take for granted. But in this picture for example, water is absolutely vital for thousands of communities to grow crops for sustenance and to make a living. Having spent 3 weeks working with AID Foundation so far has been a real eye-opener. Never did I realise - or even consider - the struggles that many communities go through to collect a basic amenity that comes so easily to some of us in the western world. In the UK, if I want water I simply turn on the tap and drink. In many of these villages however, water takes hours or even days to arrive, pulled by water buffaloes but more often-than-not carried on your back through dense jungle and steep hillsides. Even then, the water is not sterilised and could be harmful to drink. With the intervention of AID Foundation however, the struggle has been removed for hundreds of villages with the installation of sustainable water-delivery and purification solutions. I feel honoured that I can make a difference, and that my expertise can help this NGO in furthering it's reach and technological capabilities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope this post might inspire a change in water usage habits, even just for today. And if it inspires even just a handful of you to make a difference and act by getting involved in the hundreds of water-aid organisations out there, then all the better.
Negros Occidental, The Philippines
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