World Water Day 2013 (Engage Burkina)

paul at the pumpToday is World Water Day! This day was started by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) 1993 to draw attention to the fact that one in eight people in the world do not have access to clean water.

In Burkina Faso last 1 in 3.4 children die before the age of 10. For this little country in West Africa, AIDS and Malaria are real problems, but even more so are malnutrition and water born illnesses. Since 2008 we have been working with Pastors and Community Leaders in this country to try and provide clean water to as many people as possible. We have been doing this with a combination of drilled wells and hand dug wells in the poorest, most remote areas of this beautiful land.

The season when the water table is at the point that we can drill or dig new wells is from December to June. When this season is over we will have had a part in seeing 180+ wells be completed in this country. We have provided ongoing maintenance and repairs of existing work to keep clean water flowing in the communities we are investing in. We are really just getting started.

You could help us in some very simple ways. Very few people know where this country is, and it does not get the attention from NGO’s that other countries do.

1. Spread the word. Get to know us on Facebook and Twitter and share and retweet the work on Engage Burkina.

2. Create your own fundraiser on our Crowdrise page. My friend Dean Plummer is about to launch his idea of using the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Clean Water. There is also talk of a Crossfit Fundraiser, and your truly is going to do some cycling to raise some funds.

3. You can make a donation in any amount on any given day on our website. You can go here to donate, http://engageburkina.com/donate

Still Learning,

Paul

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  1. Great to read that an American evangelical actually cares about the water situation in Burkino Faso. All we read over here in the UK on the ” US Christian” blogs is US evangelicals critisicing Barak Obama over health care reform, gay rights, gun control etc; (None of which are a major problem for most European Christians) . So good to see something positive for a change.