Keep Your Promises: The Human Right to Water & Sanitation

So, it's 2015 and the world hasn't kept its promises to bring clean water and sanitation to all. What's next?


This video gives a clear and concise description of what still needs to be done to address the global water crisis - and how you can help!

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Giving of Ourselves as Prayer: Water

What are ways you can contribute to good?


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When we give as an agent of God, we must do so from a place of equality—for in every case we recognize that the person we are giving to is also an agent of God. By seeing other people as the image of the divine, they can recognize the same in us. With this kind of giving, we are able to build relationships through sacred sharing instead of creating hierarchical distance.

In this way, giving can be a spiritual practice, a kind of prayer that recognizes God’s presence in each person.

Begin this practice by letting images from your Encounter with global water issues return to your mind.

  • What did you see that was most compelling?
  • Is it the walking back and forth to a distant water source depriving women of other opportunities, or is it the thought of children dying needlessly that grips you? Do you want to be part of the simple gift of dignity that comes from proper sanitation resources, or are you invested in helping organizations “give back” in service of others?

Giving of yourself can take a lot of different forms, but the two primary ways are giving of resources and giving of time. As you reflect on how you can give of yourself to the global water crisis, have a conversation with a friend about what you have encountered here. In your conversation, discuss ways that you can give of yourself – your time, your resources, your love – for those who struggle because they do not have access to clean water or proper sanitation. 

To go deeper, see “Giving of Ourselves as Prayer.” 

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Take Action


Volunteer

Volunteer to help.


You may feel inspired to step right out of the door and go volunteer with a project working on water and sanitation issues.  Here are a couple of organizations that can help you plug in.

UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) -- Volunteer opportunities as individuals or teams both in the United States and around the world. Get involved.

SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology) -- A nonprofit Christian organization, that provides training in community development in hard places in our world. Get involved.

ASP (Appalachia Service Project) -- Brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Get involved.

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