As much as I try to be in tune with the strife that many people go through, I admit that I don’t always succeed in paying the closest attention. Even when incredibly famous, powerful or important public figures do their part in raising awareness, I sometimes dismiss it if I don’t think that there’s a need for me to get invested. As awful as it sounds, it is the truth, and I’m pretty sure that it’s the same with many of you. For instance, I’ve seen two very recent incidents in which Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio – two incredibly famous A listers – discuss water crises and their projects aimed at supplying clean, drinkable water to those in need. Even though I knew what they were talking about, I took the time out to look into it myself. However, a few days ago, a very good friend of mine brought this very same issue to my attention and, now, consider me enlightened.
In the Sahel Region of Africa, an awful drought has left millions of people without accessibility to clean drinking water. How insane is that? While we’re able to go ahead and just grab a glass or bottle (or bucket, as this summer trend has so prevalently shown) of water, millions of people are dying constantly because they can’t even get a drop. I can’t even adequately express to you how deeply this knowledge has affected me. I mean, I suppose you always know these things… it isn’t like it’s some secret or anything; but when you’re forced to sit and think about it, that’s when it really hits you hard.
The silver lining is that there are ways that we can help. And I don’t mean clicking the “like” button on Facebook kind of help, or Instagramming some hashtag nonsense kind of help. There are actual campaigns aimed at bringing about some sort of change. Charity: Water is a non-profit that seeks to raise funds for this very issue, and donates 100% of the proceeds directly to ensuring that clean water is provided to Sahel citizens who are desperately in need. I’m sure that there are tons of other resources and sources aimed at this initiative, but I’m gonna direct you to one specific campaign, if you’re at all interested in learning more and donating.